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by John Williams
Director of Compliance Services at Joot
The Securities & Exchange Commission recently issued a Risk Alert to share some of the observations that the Office of Compliance Inspections & Examinations (OCIE) have seen during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The words “SEC/FINRA exam” can trigger the jitters in most CCOs across the industry. They’re out to get me! Will they shut down my firm? Will I still have a job when they finish? Perhaps these thoughts and many others have crossed your mind when you got the dreaded phone call from your local SEC/FINRA office notifying you that you’ve been “selected” to go through an examination by their Staff.
Remember when you were in college studying for tests and you’d look for one of the fraternity/sorority test files to help you prepare? Then you’d go into take the actual test and some of the questions were exactly the same and you knew the answer without even reading the entire question. Well, folks, it isn’t often that the SEC gives us a sneak peak behind the exam curtain to tell us exactly what they’re looking for when they schedule a regulatory examination, but guess what?! They just did that exact thing in one of their most recent OCIE Risk Alerts.