GRC hot topics
The 21st Annual GIPS Standards Conference was held in San Diego on September 14-15 with over 300 attendees. A number of topics were covered, including important aspects of the proposed 2020 GIPS Standards updates.
Protecting Your Business from All Angles: Announcing ACA Aponix's 2017 Cybersecurity Awareness Month Theme
Cyber incidents can have devastating effects on business of all sizes.
On September 14, 2017, the SEC’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (“OCIE”) issued a National Exam Program Risk Alert related to Rule 206(4)-1 under the Investment Advisers Act of 1940 (the “Advertising Rule”). The risk alert highlights the compliance issues most commonly noted by the SEC’s examination staff as part of a recent “Touting Initiative.” That initiative, which consisted of reviews of approximately 70 investment advisers, focused on the use of “accolades” in advertising.
The SEC has demonstrated ongoing commitment to developing its technological capabilities for detecting financial crimes is impacting investment advisers across the industry. Here are 5 things investment advisers need to know.
- Regulatory Technology
Communications record keeping obligations which include phone taping, are likely to prove particularly challenging when it comes to the cost of compliance and complexity of systems requirements.
The electronic communication mediums that investment advisers use to conduct business continue to evolve, posing a challenge to the compliance community’s ability to retain and adequately supervise
ACA and Ashland: Why We’re Excited to be the Best GIPS Compliance Verification and Performance Team in the World
Earlier this month, ACA announced that it is set to acquire Ashland Partners & Company, LLP's GIPS compliance verification and performance practice. When this transaction closes in June, ACA Performance Services will offer the most experienced team of GIPS compliance verifiers in the world, servicing over 1,000 clients annually, including 49% of the top 100 managers of institutional assets worldwide (as determined by Pensions & Investments magazine).
Financial institutions (“FI’s”) are required by Anti-Money Laundering (“AML”) regulations to perform risk-based due diligence for their customers and prospective customer.
- AML and Financial Crime
FINRA has received approval to update the requirement for disclosure and review of employee brokerage accounts. On April 13, 2016, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) approved Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”) Rule 3210 (Accounts At Other Broker-Dealers and Financial Institutions) to replace current National Association of Securities Dealers (“NASD”) Rule 3050 (Transactions for or by Associated Persons). The effective date for this rule has not yet been determined.