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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2019 SEC Enforcement Cases: A Year in Review

The Securities and Exchange Commission’s (“SEC’s”) Division of Enforcement released its Annual Report (the “Report”) last month, which discusses enforcement cases for its fiscal year of 2019. According to the Report, the SEC filed 862 enforcement actions in FY 2019, resulting in disgorgements and monetary penalties of roughly $4.35 billion.… Read More

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