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Thumbs-Up: Testimonials, Endorsements, and the New SEC Marketing Rule

Jun 15, 2021 7:30:00 AM / by John Williams posted in SEC, SEC Rule, SEC Updates, Compliance

Confused about which testimonials and endorsements the new SEC marketing rule permits? Get the plain facts here.

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Reality Check: Introducing the New SEC Marketing Rule

May 4, 2021 7:30:00 AM / by Karen Mauk posted in SEC, SEC Rule, SEC Updates, Compliance

The new SEC marketing rule calls to mind the Peter Parker principle: "With great power comes great responsibility." (Any Spider-Man fans out there?) The marketing rule consolidates two outdated rules and accounts for updated technology, like social media. It was a long time coming, providing a much-needed update to advertising regulations in place since 1961 and cash solicitation rules in place since 1979Now, advisers can choose whether to implement the rule on or after the effective date of May 4, 2021, or wait until the compliance date of November 4, 2022. But here's the catch: advisers who act now must comply with the rule in its entirety; that is, no cherry-picking some rule requirements and ignoring others. It’s a big decision, and advisers aren’t taking it lightly.

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Reality Check: Best Execution and Selection of Mutual Fund Share Classes for Clients

Sep 24, 2020 1:15:00 PM / by Charles Black posted in SEC, SEC Updates, Compliance

By Charles Black

Reality Check is an occasional blog post series we do where we analyze actual SEC enforcement actions or examination experiences and give you a summary of what to expect in the “real world.”

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Crunch time: 10 Tips to Completing Your Form CRS

Jun 11, 2020 1:30:00 PM / by Alec Cheung posted in SEC, Compliance, Policies, Form CRS

With every new regulatory policy or form, the first time implementing it is always challenging. There are no models to follow or examples to guide you. Fortunately for our readers, we’ve cleared away some of the high brush to give you a clearer path.

Joot’s compliance experts have completed nearly two dozen Form CRSs for our clients. Based on that experience, here are 10 things to keep in mind.

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The True Cost of Regulatory Non-Compliance

May 14, 2020 4:30:00 PM / by Alec Cheung posted in SEC, Compliance, Regulations, RIA

What is the cost of non-compliance? How much should an RIA spend on compliance? Are these compliance tools and services worth it? The answers to these questions become clearer when we look at both the direct and indirect impact of examination and enforcement actions taken by the SEC.

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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


By Bo Howell 

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Joot Expands its Compliance Team

Nov 4, 2019 10:43:00 AM / by Bo J. Howell posted in Compliance, Joot, Charles Black

We are excited to announce the newest addition to the Joot team: Charles Black! Charles brings over 17 years of experience in the asset management industry, including roles in compliance, fund accounting, and fund administration. Charles has served as a compliance officer for both investment advisers and investment companies. Most recently, he served as the Chief Compliance Officer for a few mutual fund clients. 

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10 Tips to Avoid Pay-to-Play Restrictions

Oct 17, 2019 11:15:00 AM / by Dina Tantra posted in Compliance, Dina Tantra, Regulations

I recently attended a panel discussion designed to provide tips to stay on the right side of pay-to-play requirements. Asset managers that manage investments of public entities (primarily state and local municipalities and their agencies) need to avoid the strict liability standards that are triggered by crossing the line.  Of course, the panel started with an overview of SEC Rule 206(4)-5 and similar rules by other regulatory bodies (FINRA, CFTC, MSRB, and several state agencies), which generally prohibit advisers from receiving compensation for two years if the adviser or any covered associated makes a political contribution to a government official.

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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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Advisory Compliance Solutions Merges with Joot

Aug 1, 2019 3:00:00 PM / by Bo J. Howell posted in Compliance, Joot, Advisory Compliance Solutions, Cynthia Lower Custer

Joot grows its team and area of expertise!

CINCINNATI, OHIO – August 1, 2019 - Joot, a leading provider of compliance technology and services to small and middle-sized investment advisers, today announced its merger of Advisory Compliance Solutions, LLC (ACS). As part of the merger, Cynthia Lower Custer, Managing Member of ACS, will become Treasurer and Director of Compliance Services at Joot. 

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Tone at the Top - Culture of Compliance

May 16, 2019 1:00:00 PM / by Dina Tantra posted in Compliance, Dina Tantra, Global Rhino, LLC

As Chief Strategy Officer for CCO Tech and Co-CEO of Global Rhino (an affiliated company), I had the privilege of speaking on a panel at a national compliance conference with three esteemed industry colleagues, two in-house CCOs at asset management firms and a consulting expert in the hedge fund space.  As a panel, we focused on “Tone at the Top - Culture of Compliance.” Through decades of experience in financial services, I’ve learned a lot about modifying, tweaking, and enhancing compliance practices to most effectively impact the corporate culture. Here are my top ten takeaways:

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CCO Tech Launches Integrated Compliance Calendar

Jan 16, 2019 9:35:08 AM / by Alec Cheung posted in Compliance, Compliance Technology, CCO Technology, Technology, Compliance Calendar


CCO Tech announces the release of its Compliance Calendar, the second module of an integrated web-based compliance system for small- and mid-sized registered investment advisers (RIAs). The Compliance Calendar allows RIAs to schedule their compliance tasks and receive notices and reminders of important dates. The application integrates directly with CCO Tech’s SEC Filing Manager and creates calendar entries based on important data points in an adviser’s Form ADV. Additional modules are expected in February and March to create a comprehensive compliance system.

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