Broker-dealers are reminded, beginning this  spring, the SEC’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE), and the SEC’s Division of Trading and Markets, is partnering with FINRA to sponsor regional compliance outreach programs for broker-dealers. The programs will take place in Denver, Los Angeles, Chicago, Miami, Philadelphia, and New York.  Registration is open to all broker-dealer risk, … Read more

For next year, the SEC has announced it will be enhancing its CCO Outreach program to include both chief compliance officers and senior personnel of investment advisers and investment companies will.  The program will occur on Jan. 31, 2012, at the SEC’s Washington D.C. headquarters and will also be webcast.  By adding senior personnel, the SEC says the change is aimed at emphasizing the need for compliance awareness … Read more

In its continual focus on the importance of effective risk management for broker-dealers (as well as investment advisers) the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations and FINRA have issued a National Exam Risk Alert aimed at providing broker-dealer firms with information on developing effective policies and procedures for branch office inspections.  In addition to reminding firms of their … Read more