The role of the Money Laundering Reporting Officer (MLRO) is a mandatory position in all firms in the Financial Services Industry. This reflects the statutory objective that the Regulator(s) have for ensuring that firms behave with “Integrity”, particularly relating to financial crime prevention. The MLRO therefore plays a significant role in assisting Senior management to ensure that systems and controls relating to anti-money laundering (AML) and countering the risk of terrorist financing (CTF) are appropriate and effective. This course provides practical advice and guidance on the responsibilities of the MLRO, what is expected by the Regulators, both of the Senior Management and the MLRO, and how those responsibilities can be achieved. It should be noted that attendance at this course does assume a good knowledge of the UK’s AML/CTF regulations.
The construction of composites and the associated oversight comes with various ongoing risks that firms struggle to appropriately mitigate due to lack of data and limited internal resources. These risks are difficult to reduce without access to accurate information and appropriate technology. Even with access, the need to understand the data can play an even more important role.
Our Performance Analytics Services (PAS) helps firms create and maintain a robust composite maintenance process to allow for greater transparency and accuracy.
Why choose PAS?
According to ACA's May 2021 webcast "Mitigate Risks Associated with Composite Maintenance using ACA’s Performance Analytics Services Dashboard."
of firms are concerned their internal controls related to performance measurement and advertising are effective.
Eliminate manual processes
of firms perform manual reviews to evaluate whether an investment strategy is being implemented consistently.
of firms use (often more expensive) technology solutions/specific software to evaluate and analyze investment strategies.
Using our Composite Review report, firms will have the ability to visualize how outliers are impacting overall composite performance. Access to this data allows firms to assess and prioritize where time is best spent and which composites need a more detailed review.
Our proprietary Composite Scorecard process gives firms the opportunity to establish parameters and thresholds that produce a pass/fail grade for a particular composite. Using various metrics, we work with firms to customize a testing process that ultimately helps determine which composites are reasonable to pass on and which composites have issues that may need addressed before marketing the performance.
Our Strategy Adherence and Benchmark Appropriateness report allows firms to establish procedures to monitor portfolio managers and financial advisors and ensure the management of the portfolio is adhering to the stated strategy. By tracking the performance over time in relation to a stated index, we can visually demonstrate the decision makers may have drifted from their stated mandate.
Related Performance Review
For firms looking to ensure that, in accordance with the SEC's new Marketing Rule, any ‘related performance’ is not materially higher than that of a composite for the same strategy, we can help construct composites and complete annual testing to help you adhere to this new requirement. We can also provide consulting around how the industry is assessing materiality and help develop the review process needed to monitor this performance on an ongoing basis.
Mitigate Risks Associated with Composite Maintenance using ACA’s Performance Analytics Services Dashboard
Join us as we introduce ACA’s PAS and how it can support firms like yours with creating and maintaining a robust process which mitigates risk while freeing up valuable time.
Key features and benefits
Enhanced performance review process
Strengthen your firm’s composite maintenance process to allow for greater transparency and accuracy
Provides custom analytics around composite integrity, strategy adherence, and ongoing strategy implementation
Review outlier performance to help ensure accounts represent the marketed strategy
Mitigating Risks Associated with Composite Performance Reporting Using ACA’s Performance Analytics Services
In addition to developing marketing materials and ensuring appropriate disclosures, firms must ensure that the performance being generated truly reflects the fund or strategy being offered.
- SEC Advertising Rule
The long-awaited modernization of the Marketing Rule was added to the Federal Register on March 5, 2021. Not only does the final marketing rule consolidate the advertising and cash solicitation rules, it also (among other things) categorizes certain considerations for presenting investment performance, effectively streamlining guidance currently found across multiple staff letters.
- SEC Advertising Rule
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The ever-increasing focus by the Regulators on the accountability of senior management, particularly when things go wrong, emphasises how important it is for individuals in senior positions to have a clear understanding of what is expected of them. This succinct course is designed to assist Senior Managers to have a full understanding of what they need to do to achieve compliance with the rules under the obligations created by the Senior Managers and Certification Regime (SMCR).
The role of the Compliance Officer is a mandatory position in all firms in the Financial Services Industry. They play a major role in assisting Senior Management to ensure that appropriate and effective systems and controls are in place to achieve and maintain compliance with the applicable Rules. While the nature of the Compliance Function is likely to differ from one firm to another, this course provides an easy to follow breakdown of what the Regulator expects of a Compliance Officer and explains, in practical terms how the regulatory expectations and those of Senior Management can be achieved.