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Bo J. Howell


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Will AI Revolutionize Regtech? Part 2: It’s a Work in Progress

Aug 31, 2021 4:34:22 PM / by Bo J. Howell posted in Artificial Intelligence, Compliance Technology, FinTech, Interview, RegTech

Discover how some financial services firms are currently leveraging artificial intelligence and machine learning in fintech and regtech.

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Will AI Revolutionize Regtech? Part 1: Faster, Easier, Richer

Jul 20, 2021 12:08:18 PM / by Bo J. Howell posted in Artificial Intelligence, Compliance Technology, FinTech, RegTech

Check out the ways artificial intelligence and machine learning are playing increasingly important roles in fintech and regtech.

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Rethinking RIA Compliance: Seeing CCO Liability through a New Lens

Jul 6, 2021 3:34:32 PM / by Bo J. Howell posted in SEC, Compliance, Policies, RIA

Get insights into the unique challenges CCOs face and tips for rethinking RIA compliance through the Framework for CCO Liability in the Financial Sector.

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Leveraging Technology with the New SEC Marketing Rule

May 18, 2021 3:17:50 PM / by Bo J. Howell posted in SEC, SEC Rule, SEC Updates, Artificial Intelligence, Compliance Technology

Our last post on the new SEC marketing rule covered some basics, including the newly expanded definition of advertising and the seven general prohibitions that apply to all ads. In this post, we describe key ways technology can be leveraged to implement the new rule. Upcoming posts in this series will examine testimonials and endorsements, presentation of performance results, third-party ratings, record-keeping and Form ADV requirements, review and approval of advertisements, and overall best practices.

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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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