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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Joot Expands its Compliance Team and Service Offerings

Sep 19, 2019 12:50:00 PM / by Bo J. Howell posted in Brokers, Compliance, Joot, John Ramirez

We are excited to announce the newest addition to the Joot team: John Ramirez! According to Bo Howell, CEO of Joot, the firm has been growing steadily and it is focused on building the right team to deliver both innovative technology and exceptional services.

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SEC: Regulation Best Interest

Aug 29, 2019 11:15:00 AM / by Bo J. Howell posted in SEC Rule, SEC Updates, Brokers

As many of you know, on June 5, 2019, the SEC passed Regulation Best Interest (Regulation BI) and related rules and interpretations that were intended to enhance investor protection and clarify the difference between broker-dealers (BDs) and registered investment advisers (RIAs). The rule and two final interpretations were over 1,300 pages long, ugh. When I think about reading that many pages of bureaucracy inspired legalese, I think of my former colleague Rich Rudman saying that when it comes to legal writing (actually, I think he applied it to almost everything): Be Bold, Be Brief, Be God. With that in mind, we’re going to summarize the whole thing in one article that is less than 2,000 words. Here we go! 

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IM Director's Recent Remarks on Standards of Conduct & Liquidity Risk Management

May 25, 2018 8:30:21 AM / by Bo J. Howell posted in Investment Advisers, Liquidity, SEC, SEC Rule, SEC Updates, Uncategorized, 1934 Act, Advisers Act, Brokers, Compliance, Directors/Trustees, Disclosure

IM Director's Recent Remarks on Standards of Conduct & Liquidity Risk Management

by Peter Michael Allen

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SEC Decides it's Time to Help Investors Understand the Difference between Brokers and Advisers

Apr 21, 2018 8:31:27 AM / by Bo J. Howell posted in Fiduciary, Investment Advisers, SEC, SEC Rule, SEC Updates, 1934 Act, Advisers Act, Brokers

The SEC has finally proposed a rule that will help clarify the distinction between brokers that refer to themselves as "financial advisors" and investment advisers. (We won't get into why it took so long or how this is a response to the Department of Labor's fiduciary rule, which was recently vacated by federal courts.) Most investors are unaware of the difference and the legal standards that apply to both. In the case of brokers, they are not fiduciaries, which means they do not have to act in the best interest of customers. Investment advisers, however, are fiduciaries and must always act in the best interest of clients. This may seem like a subtle distinction, but it's hugely important for investors that are not well-versed in the working of our securities markets.

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