DOL Extends Fiduciary Rule Transition Period

On Monday, November 27, 2017, the Department of Labor (DOL) announced an 18-month extension of its Fiduciary Rule transition period (Transition Period).  The primary purpose of the extension was to give the DOL additional time to consider public comments under criteria set forth in the Presidential Memorandum issued on February 3, 2017. In light of… READ MORE

Municipal Advisors Warned About Compliance Obligations

On November 7, 2017 the SEC Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) issued a risk alert announcing it had conducted 110 exams of municipal advisors.  The examinations evaluated compliance with regulatory obligations including registration, statutory fiduciary standard of care, fair dealing, record keeping, and supervision. The staff observed that municipal advisors were “generally unfamiliar… READ MORE

FINRA Begins Sweep on Order Routing, Inducements, and Conflicts of Interest

Just a few weeks ago, FINRA sent targeted examination letters to a select group of firms requesting information as part of a review of how firms handle the conflicts of interest related to payments or other inducements for order routing. These letters are coming from the Trading & Financial Compliance Examinations (TFCE) section in Market… READ MORE