Today’s current economic marketplace is dynamic. Particularly when volatility peeks in the financial markets, investors and asset managers seek new opportunities for diversification. Thus, alternative investments are an increasingly important part of an investment portfolio.… Read More
For years, investment advisers have had their hands tied when it comes to promoting their success through the use of client testimonials. Such marketing efforts, such as positive client endorsements on LinkedIn, have long been prohibited from promotion. Now, with … Read More
Your firm is notified that the SEC is coming. It spends weeks reviewing all policies and procedures and participating in a mock SEC exam, to help the registrants’ employees prepare. But what other steps should be taken to help achieve … Read More
The financial securities industry has an ever-changing regulatory environment. That’s why it’s critical that advisors are proactive about keeping up with the latest regulations, anticipating their implications for real-world scenarios, and understanding how to meet the expectations of the U.S. … Read More
You have successfully formed your investment advisory firm and your business is up and running. Now you want to ensure that your firm remains in compliance with the SEC, FINRA and state regulators so that, in the event a regulatory agency DOES come knocking, you are ready to handle the examination.
Investment advisers should promptly review language used in mandated pre-dispute arbitration agreements in response to Regulatory Notice 21-16 recently issued by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA). The Notice serves as a cautionary yellow light for firms that may be inclined to limit investor protections by improperly including adviser-friendly terms that ignore specific FINRA disclosure requirements.
Firms that have seen the recently released 2021 Report on the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority’s (FINRA’s) Examination and Risk Monitoring Program (the “Report”) should be formulating plans to fortify their compliance programs based on the noteworthy findings shared from recent FINRA exams. The Report provides firms with valuable insight into 18 regulatory topics categorized by Firm Operations, Communications and Sales, Market Integrity, and Financial Management.