Red Flags: How to Prepare Your Team for an SEC Visit

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

Five Investor Protections to Remember When Finalizing FINRA Pre-dispute Arbitration Agreements

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.

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FINRA Report Suggests Growing Need for Enhanced Risk Management in Cybersecurity and Outside Business Activities

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.

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What Transitioning Advisors Need to Know About Broker Protocol

Jacko Law Group, PC (“JLG”) continues to see a high volume of financial advisors transitioning from one broker-dealer or registered investment advisory firm to another.  When advisors[1] change firms in the heavily-regulated financial industry, they and the firms they are joining must understand federal and state laws, as well as contractual limitations and how those considerations will factor in to the transition process.… Read More

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