SEC Division of Examinations Cites Enhanced Focus on Business Continuity Processes, Protection of Retail Investors and ESG-Related Risks Among its 2021 Priorities

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) Division of Examinations (“EXAMS” or the “Division”) released its annual priorities on March 3, 2021 in a 42-page report of exam priorities.  Among other things, the list includes an ongoing emphasis on the overall strength of financial advisers’ compliance programs and a growing interest in the evolving risks to investors related to relevant climate and environmental, social, and governance (ESG) funds.

 

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OCIE Risk Alert—Examinations Focused on Initial Compliance With Regulation Best Interest

As firms work to prepare their updated disclosures and move toward compliance by June 30, 2020 with the new Regulation Best Interest (“Reg BI”), the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) made two important announcements.  As a reminder, Reg BI establishes a new standard of conduct for broker-dealers and their associated persons when making a recommendation of any securities transaction or investment strategy involving securities (including account recommendations) to a retail customer.

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