Search Results: Broker-Dealers

Rule Change Extends the Deadline for Passing the Examination for Certain Categories of Broker Professionals

On August 28, FINRA filed with the SEC a notice of proposed rule change that would extend the 120-day period that certain individuals can function as a principal or Operations Professional without having successfully passed an appropriate qualification examination through December 31, 2020. Earlier this year, in response to COVID-19, FINRA provided…

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SEC’s OCIE Issues Risk Alert Regarding Select COVID-19 Compliance Risks and Considerations for Broker-Dealers and Investment Advisers

On August 12, the SEC’s OCIE issued a risk alert regarding its observations pertaining to COVID-19-related issues, risks and practices, including market volatility and higher risks of misconduct, relevant to SEC-registered investment advisers and broker-dealers (collectively, Firms). OCIE’s observations and recommendations fall broadly into the following six categories: (1) protection of investors’…

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U.S. SEC Grants Muni Advisors a Temporary, Limited Exemption from Broker-Dealer Registration

On June 16, 2020, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) granted registered municipal advisors (MAs) a temporary, limited exemption (Exemption) from broker-dealer registration to the extent that they solicit banks and other “Qualified Providers” in “Direct Placements” of securities and receive transaction-based compensation. The Exemption, which is intended to…

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SEC Grants Muni Advisors a Temporary Exemption from Broker-Dealer Registration

On June 16, the SEC granted registered municipal advisers (MAs) a temporary, limited exemption (Exemption) from broker-dealer registration for certain expanded activities. The Exemption permits registered MAs to directly solicit “Qualified Providers” (banks, wholly-owned subsidiaries of banks that are engaged in commercial lending and financing activities and federally- or state-chartered credit unions)…

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U.S. SEC Chairman Confirms June 30 Deadline and Areas of Focus for Regulation Best Interest and Form CRS

In a public statement issued on June 15, 2020, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Chairman Clayton confirmed the June 30, 2020, deadlines for compliance with Regulation Best Interest (Reg. BI) and the Form CRS requirements, echoing his statements from April that the implementation of Reg. BI and Form CRS…

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U.S. Broker-Dealers and Investment Advisers: Prepare for Fast-Approaching Regulation Best Interest and Form CRS Deadline

The compliance date of June 30, 2020, is looming for U.S. broker-dealers subject to Regulation Best Interest (Reg. BI)[1] and broker-dealers and investment advisers required to prepare and provide relationship summaries pursuant to Form CRS and related rules.[2] Staff of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) have provided answers…

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