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.
A big part of what we do here at Joot is help our clients with their regulatory examinations. At any given time, we normally have at least a few clients that are undergoing a regulatory exam from either the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) or the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”). This gives us a certain perspective on the current areas these regulators are focusing on during their exams and what appear to be the latest “hot button” topics.
The SEC’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (“OCIE”) announced its 2020 examination priorities on January 7, 2020. OCIE releases this list on an annual basis in order to provide the industry with insights into areas it may focus on thorough the examination process. All the priorities listed on the 2020 list were also on the 2019 list, with some new additions. Which makes us wonder if anything will ever be taken off the list, or if there will just be new additions? Only time will tell.
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.
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.
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.
Last week, Joot published an article on Regulation Best Interest and Form CRS (Customer or Client Relationship Summary). We heard from many of our readers about the article and we’re glad it was helpful. Some of you had great questions about the application of Form CRS and the definition of a “retail investor”. Below are our responses to your questions. Keep ‘em coming!