At the onset of the pandemic in early 2020, firms were forced to pivot quickly into a remote working environment. While business continuity plans had been repeatedly tested for a shift in location from the primary location, no one understood … Read More
The 1,700 market participants who heard new U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Chair Gary Gensler’s remarks at the remote annual meeting of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) on May 20, 2021, came away with a clear vision for … Read More
On August 10, 2020, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) announced that Interactive Brokers, LLC (“IB” or the “Firm”) had agreed to pay $11.5 million in fines for failure to file Suspicious Activity Reports (“SARs”) in conjunction with trading micro-cap … Read More
Due to the considerable operational obstacles faced by many entities under their regulatory umbrella due to COVID-19, the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board (MSRB) has filed a rule change to provide regulatory relief by extending the compliance and testing deadlines for … Read More
Planning for the Task As the summer solstice approaches, now is a good time for broker-dealer compliance personnel to begin planning for the annual compliance meetings (“ACMs”), required under FINRA Rule 3110(a)(7). Specifically, each registered representative and registered principal of … Read More
In early May, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) announced fines levied against AXA Advisors, LLC (AXA), a company that sells and services group annuity contracts for employer-sponsored 401(k) retirement plans through an affiliated life insurance company.