Bo J. Howell


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Joot Expands Team and Adds Broker-Dealer Compliance Services

Apr 9, 2020 10:33:20 AM / by Bo J. Howell posted in Joot, John Williams, Broker-Dealer, RIA

As we continue to enhance our SaaS-based platform for automating compliance, we are also building out our services team. Today, another industry veteran joins Joot. John Williams, Director of Compliance Services, brings nearly three decades of regulatory compliance experience to Joot, with the last 14 as a chief compliance officer for a Broker-Dealer / RIA. He also has expertise in international operations, business continuity planning, cybersecurity and banking.

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Business Continuity Planning: a Real-World Test

Mar 23, 2020 5:20:55 PM / by Bo J. Howell posted in Investment Advisers, Investment Managers, Brokers, Compliance Testing, Coronavirus, BCP

Ever since the SEC and other regulatory bodies (i.e., FINRA) identified the possibility of “significant business disruptions” many years ago and mandated that registrants create, maintain, and test a Business Continuity Plan (“BCP”), these plans have rarely been taken very seriously until they are needed.

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Implementing the New Form CRS: Don’t Overlook the Details

Feb 14, 2020 7:45:00 AM / by Bo J. Howell

In June 2019, the SEC announced Regulation Best Interest (Reg BI), the long-awaited standard that was meant to be the industry’s answer to the now-vacated Department of Labor Fiduciary Rule.  Though Reg BI impacts broker-dealers most heavily, it does have some implications for RIAs as well. In addition, Reg BI is part of a rulemaking package that adopted other new rules, including one that requires both broker-dealers AND investment advisers to provide a relationship summary document, called Form CRS, to all retail investors.

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Is it time to overhaul your privacy policy and notice?

Jan 10, 2020 10:45:00 AM / by Bo J. Howell posted in Privacy, Security, Consumer Protection Act

California recently passed amendments to the California Consumer Protection Act (“CCPA”), which took effect on January 1, 2020! Under the CCPA, investment advisers that are located in or have clients in California may need to update their privacy policy and notices to comply with the new law.

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Joot Interview Series - Episode 8

Dec 17, 2019 11:15:00 AM / by Bo J. Howell posted in SEC Examinations, Interview, Compliance Testing, Charles Black

In this final part of our third Interview (Part 1, Part 2). Bo Howell continues his discussion with Charles Black about the DO's and DON'Ts of SEC Exams.  Charles brings over 17 years of experience in the financial services industry to provide great tips and insight on what to do when the SEC calls.

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Joot Interview Series - Episode 7

Dec 10, 2019 11:30:00 AM / by Bo J. Howell posted in SEC Examinations, Interview, Charles Black

This is Part 2 of our third Interview (Part 1). Bo Howell continues his discussion with the newest member of Joot, Charles Black about SEC Exams.  Charles brings over 17 years of experience in the financial services industry to provide great tips and insight on what to do when the SEC calls.

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Rise of the Machines, Part 3: How big data is changing more than just portfolio management

Dec 5, 2019 11:30:00 AM / by Bo J. Howell posted in Compliance, Technology, John Simmons

Introduction 

By Bo Howell 

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Joot Interview Series - Episode 6

Dec 3, 2019 2:00:20 PM / by Bo J. Howell posted in SEC Examinations, Interview, Charles Black

In our third Interview, Bo Howell speaks with the newest member of Joot, Charles Black, to discuss SEC Exams.  Charles brings over 17 years of experience in the financial services industry to provide great tips and insight on what to do when the SEC calls.

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Rise of the Machines, Part 2: Changing Portfolio Management

Nov 21, 2019 12:30:00 PM / by Bo J. Howell posted in Guest Author, Technology, FinTech, John Simmons

Introduction

By John Simmons

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Joot Interview Series - Episode 5

Nov 19, 2019 11:30:00 AM / by Bo J. Howell posted in Podcasts, Mark Baltimore, Interview

Welcome back to our second Joot interview.  We’re excited to continue delivering helpful content and thought leadership to you. This week’s edition is Part 2 of 2 (about 15 minutes).  You can listen to Part 1 here.

In this episode, Bo Howell, CEO of Joot, speaks with Mark Baltimore , Co-CEO of Global Rhino.  They discuss trends in distribution and what asset managers should expect over the next five years. They also discuss how there are different themes and distribution models in the US versus Canada, Europe, and other markets. Topics include:

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Joot Interview Series - Episode 4

Nov 12, 2019 12:00:00 PM / by Bo J. Howell posted in Podcasts, Mark Baltimore, Interview

Welcome to our second Joot interview.  We’re excited to continue delivering helpful content and thought leadership to you. This week’s edition is Part 1 of 2 (about 15 minutes). In it Bo Howell, CEO of Joot, speaks with Mark Baltimore , Co-CEO of Global Rhino , about why distribution is so hard to get right, why distribution is not just sales, and the steps that asset managers should take when developing a distribution plan (hint, don’t lead with product development).  They also discuss:

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Rise of the machines, Part 1: How increased automation in financial services impacts society

Nov 7, 2019 1:00:00 PM / by Bo J. Howell posted in Artificial Intelligence, automation, John Simmons

Introduction

By Bo J. Howell

Recently, I read some articles in The Economist newspaper that talked about the increasing use of computers in asset management. While the topic is not new to those of us in the industry, I thought of our recent intern, John Simmons, who is graduating from Xavier University next month and is focused on becoming a portfolio manager. I wondered what skills does John need today to be successful in twenty years. It dawned on me that unlike college graduates of prior generations, who only needed a solid grounding in finance along with basic computer skills, John was probably going to work with machines in ways that are unknown to many of today’s portfolio managers. 

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