GRC Solutions for Bank Asset Managers

We provide bank asset management groups engaged in trust, custody, and investment management activities with risk, compliance and internal audit consulting services leveraging techniques used by banking regulators and industry leaders. ACA specializes in asset management, and its true value and competitive advantage is the breadth and depth of expertise at all levels of the firm including prior regulatory experience at agencies like the Office of the Comptroller of Currency (OCC), Department of Labor (DOL) and Securities Exchange Commission (SEC).

Our solutions

We help internal audit departments maintain their stature and credibility within their organizations by lending our experienced consultants to execute audit plans, including required annual fiduciary reviews. Our solutions fit any phase of the audit process including planning, fieldwork, wrap-up and reporting. We also support first- and second-line risk and compliance professionals by helping them efficiently and effectively manage fiduciary risk.

Risk Advisory

ACA supports first and second line risk and compliance professionals by helping them efficiently and effectively manage fiduciary risk. Risk advisory consulting engagements include policy development, risk and control reviews and gap analysis, regulatory issue remediation (MRAs), control testing, and more. ACA’s services and level of involvement can be tailored to our clients’ needs.

Internal Audit

ACA’s expertise in asset management is a valuable resource for Chief Audit Executives (CAE) who engage our firm to:

  • Comply with fiduciary audit requirements
  • Verify the completeness of their auditable entities
  • Assess the reasonableness of risk ratings and annual plans
  • Plan, execute, wrap-up or report on internal audits through co-sourcing or outsourcing arrangements
  • Train internal staff to transfer more audit work to in-house resources
Compliance
  • 12 CFR 9
  • Regulation R
  • Servicemember Civil Relief Act
  • Military Lending Act
  • Bank Secrecy Act
  • OFAC
  • Identity Theft Red Flag Monitoring
  • Privacy rules and regulations
  • Investment Company Act for SIDDs
  • Other federal and state banking standards
Trust Operations
  • Custody
  • Transaction processing
  • Trade settlement
  • Reconciliations
  • Pricing
  • Income collection
  • Disbursements
  • Cault controls
Investment Management
  • Post-acceptance and annual reviews
  • Investment policy
  • Asset allocation
  • Subadvisor due diligence and monitoring
  • Best execution
  • Valuations
  • Performance calculation and reporting
  • Alternative investments
Collective Investment Funds
  • Administration
  • Operations
  • Investment management
  • Compliance
Trust Administration
  • Pre-acceptance reviews
  • Account administration
  • Unique assets
Conflicts Management and Disclosures
  • Trading
  • Fee arrangements
  • Affiliate transactions
  • Soft dollars
Other Services
  • Retail nondeposit investment sales program
  • Municipal Advisor Act compliance
  • Cybersecurity, privacy and risk
  • Robo-advising & digital wealth advising
  • Third-party risk management/ vendor management
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Latest insights

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The Rise of Environmental Justice: The ESG Risk You May Be Missing

May 18, 2021

While environmental justice is rarely called out as an ESG topic, it sits squarely at the intersection of some of the most pressing ESG challenges that we face today

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  • ESG
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Mitigating Risks Associated with Composite Performance Reporting Using ACA’s Performance Analytics Services

May 17, 2021

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.

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  • SEC Advertising Rule

NFA Announces New CPO Notice Filing Requirements

May 17, 2021

On April 13, 2021, the NFA issued a Notice to Members regarding the recently adopted Compliance Rule 2-50 and Interpretative Notice 9080 requiring a CPO to file timely notices with the NFA when certain market events affect the ability of the commodity pool to fulfill its obligations to participants or counterparties, or result in the pool’s unplanned liquidation. Learn more in our recent compliance alert.

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SEC Staff Statement on Registered Funds Investing in the Bitcoin Futures Market

May 14, 2021

The Securities and Exchange Commission’s Division of Investment Management staff released a statement this week concerning registered funds, most notably mutual funds, investing in the Bitcoin futures market. The statement addressed both perceived investor risk when investing in a mutual fund with exposure to the Bitcoin futures market, as well as IM staff’s intended coordination with the Division of Examinations and the Division of Economic and Risk Analysis. Read our summary and analysis of the statement in our compliance alert.

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FINRA Regulatory Actions in Q1 2021

May 13, 2021

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority’s (FINRA) Enforcement Division has issued its enforcement action summary reports for Q1 2021. The reports listed 40 enforcement actions brought against member firms. Read on for a summary of several enforcement actions brought against broker-dealers in Q1 2021.

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Navigating Evolving Risks on the Regulatory Horizon

May 11, 2021

Regulatory change, COVID-19 fallout, and a rapidly mutating ecosystem of risks make this a challenging year for financial services firms. In our complimentary whitepaper, we examine the future of risk and compliance and how firms must respond to rapidly evolving circumstances.

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  • ESG
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  • Regulatory Deadlines
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News

96% of Firms Unprepared for the FCA’s New Prudential Regime

With less than six months to go until UK investment firms are subjected to a completely new prudential regime, a recent survey reveals that the industry is vastly underprepared. The data shows that just 4% of respondents are ready and capitalised for the FCA’s new Investment Firm Prudential Regime (IFPR) coming into effect in January 2022. Learn more about what this means for firms.

Waters Rankings 2021 Name ACA Group's ComplianceAlpha® Best Anti-Money Laundering Compliance Solution Provider

Our ComplianceAlpha® platform has been named Best Anti-Money Laundering Compliance Solution Provider in the Waters Rankings 2021.

ACA's Regulatory Reporting Monitoring & Assurance (ARRMA) service winner of the 2021 HFM European Technology Awards

Within a year of launching, ACA Group is delighted to announce that our ACA Regulatory Reporting Monitoring & Assurance (ARRMA) service has been selected as Best Regulatory Reporting Solution in the 2021 HFM European Technology Awards.

Upcoming events

Senior Management Obligations under the SM&CR - 11 August 2021

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).

Online Training

Compliance Induction - 17 August 2021

Senior management in Financial Services firms have a responsibility to ensure their employees have sufficient knowledge and understanding of the Regulatory environment they are working in. This knowledge helps in emphasising the need for compliance with policies and procedures in order to protect the firm and the individual from failing to “do the right thing”.

Online Training