2021 Exam Priorities: Discussion for Registered Investment Advisors

2021 Exam Priorities: Discussion for Registered Investment Advisors

06 April 2021

We finally have the 2021 Examination Priorities (“Priorities”) from the SEC, albeit later than previous years. You can read the release here. The Priorities for 2021 are strikingly similar to those of previous years, as noted below: Retail Investors, Including Seniors and Individuals Saving for Retirement Information Security and Operational Resiliency Financial Technology (FINTECH) andRead More »

Compliant Advertising –  Breaking It Down (Again) Part 1: The Definition  of an Advertisement

Compliant Advertising – Breaking It Down (Again) Part 1: The Definition of an Advertisement

01 March 2021

Background The SEC proposed and adopted the new Marketing Rule, (the “Rule”) which will eventually replace the current Advertising Rule (Rule 206(4)-1, originally adopted in 1961) and the Solicitation Rule (Rule 206(4)-3, originally adopted in 1979). The Rule is a complete rewrite of the existing Advertising and Solicitation Rules, implementing a “principles based” approach toRead More »

SEC Risk Alert: Safeguarding Against Credential Compromise

SEC Risk Alert: Safeguarding Against Credential Compromise

30 October 2020

On September 15th, the SEC issued a Risk Alert to address a method of cyber-attack that is more sophisticated yet increasingly accessible to attackers: “credential stuffing.” We’re getting close to Thanksgiving, but that’s not the direction the SEC is going. This method of cyber-attack involves using compromised client login credentials to gain unauthorized access toRead More »

SEC Amendments to the Accredited Investor Definition

SEC Amendments to the Accredited Investor Definition

24 September 2020

In August of this year, the SEC released an amendment to the “accredited investor” definition. What is an Accredited Investor? Certain qualifications must be met in order to invest in private placements or private funds. One qualification is being an “accredited investor.” An accredited investor must have an annual income of $200,000 (if single) orRead More »

Key lessons from Another Adviser’s mistakes…

Key lessons from Another Adviser’s mistakes…

04 October 2018

In September 2018, an advisory firm was charged by the SEC and had to pay fines of $1 million dollars. Laying the Foundation This advisory firm is dually-registered (Broker Dealer and RIA).  For a five-year period, independent contractors were provided access to client information through a remote web portal.  The independent contractors used their ownRead More »