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February 12 2019 - NRS Insights

Ready for the Regulators’ Next AML Scrutiny?

Regulatory concern about money-laundering activity is only increasing, and financial institutions are pumping more and more money and human resources into maintaining adequate compliance programs to avoid sanction.
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Blog SIE
February 1 2019 - NRS Insights

Demystifying the New SIE Exam

Since FINRA’s Securities Industry Essentials (SIE) Exam was introduced last year, FINRA has held its cards close to its chest, electing to hold on to a lot of the data pointing to enrollment numbers and/or passing ratios.
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SEC-Registration Investment Adviser
September 13 2018 - NRS Insights

The industry is bright for Investment Advisers

In case you have not heard, according to this year’s Evolution Revolution report released on September 6 by NRS and the IAA, the number of SEC-registered investment advisers continues to climb.
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July 30 2018 - NRS Insights

BDs to Benefit from FINRA360 Changes to Enforcement and Exam Process

As part of its continuing efforts to review and revamp the organization (i.e. FINRA360), FINRA has consolidated its enforcement units in order to streamline investigations, improve consistency and transparency and, ultimately, improve relationships with member firms.
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SEC stays all cases before Administrative Law Judges for 30 days
July 12 2018 - NRS Insights

SEC stays all cases before Administrative Law Judges for 30 days

Following the US Supreme Court’s June 21 decision in the Lucia case , the SEC issued a stay of all cases being heard by Administrative Law Judges (“ALJs”) for 30 days or until the SEC issues further orders.
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June 5 2018 - NRS Insights

Ready for the Final Exams? Take the Most Reliable Route to Passing

Congratulations! You’ve completed that last module and you’re eager to zip through the rest of your exam prep course …
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May 9 2018 - NRS Insights

The DOL Breaks Its Silence on the Status of Its Fiduciary Rule

On Monday, May 7, the Department of Labor issued a “field bulletin” to industry stakeholders stating that it would not pursue enforcement actions against investment advice fiduciaries “who are working diligently and in good faith to comply” with the BIC exemption and principal transaction exemption requirements of its much debated “fiduciary rule.”
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April 27 2018 - NRS Insights

Here We Go Again! SEC Proposes Yet Another New Standard for Brokers

If you’ve been following the saga of the DOL’s fiduciary standard, you know that after a few years of hashing it out, it is still being debated. Now the SEC has picked up this onerous task. On April 18, the SEC voted to propose “Regulation Best Interest,” a “leisurely” 1,000-page read that spells out the rules and interpretations designed to improve the clarity of investor relationships with investment advisers and broker/dealers.
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April 20 2018 - NRS Insights

SEC Proposed Best Interest Standard and New Disclosures

The SEC officially entered the fiduciary standard fray with the release of its much-anticipated fiduciary /best interest proposal April 18. The three-part proposal is likely to be controversial in several respects, as contrasts with the DOL’s hapless Fiduciary Rule are inevitable.
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DOL Fiduciary Rule Strikes Out — Is the SEC Up Next?
March 26 2018 - NRS Insights

DOL Fiduciary Rule Strikes Out — Is the SEC Up Next?

In another twist to evolving fiduciary standards in the securities industry, a 2-1 decision of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit vacated the entire Department of Labor’s “fiduciary rule” last Thursday. The DOL rule would extend a fiduciary standard to brokers, insurance agents, and anyone else offering “advice” regarding retirement accounts.
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