Technology has quickly infiltrated all aspects of our lives. Whether it’s built-in GPS technology in mobile devices or the proliferation of applications that help us shop for groceries, technology is everywhere. According to Nielsen’s “State of the Media: The Social Media Report — Q3 2011” study, social networks and blogs continue to dominate Americans’ time online, and Americans spend more time on Facebook than they do on any other U.S. website.1 The study provides an interesting snapshot of the current social media landscape in the U.S. and other major markets.
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Schedule 13D/13F Clarity on ETF Issues
Do I need to file a 13D or 13G if my client accounts hold in excess of 5% of an ETF? Generally, no. The SEC has granted no-action relief to ETFs with respect to compliance with Section 13(d) of the Securities Exchange Act. Section 13(d) was designed to require disclosure when holders begin to accumulate … Continued
New Remedy Coming for SEC’s Custody Rule?
The SEC’s Custody Rule continues to be a common source of confusion and a landmine for noncompliance. Custodial paperwork has caused huge headaches for investment advisers, who are not a party to the agreement and may not even have a copy of the custodial new account paperwork. The issue with existing guidance is that it … Continued
SEC Issues MiFID II No-Action Relief
Some industry anxiety was assuaged on October 26 with three no-action letters that offer relief for some US regulated broker-dealers and investment advisers regarding European MiFID II regulations. The letters followed consultation with the European authorities, and are designed to address concerns that investors could lose access to valuable research. MiFID II is a series of regulations … Continued
Regulatory Changes Impacting RICs and Service Providers
A year ago, the SEC adopted Investment Company Reporting Modernization Rules and Forms, as well as rules pertaining to liquidity risk management programs and swing pricing. New forms N-Port and N-Cen along with amendments to Regulation S-X significantly change the current reporting regime for most registered investment companies (RICs) because they require more comprehensive disclosure and … Continued
Publicly Available Information Heightens Need for Cybersecurity Vigilance
For any business, “ports” that allow for communication generally need to be open (for example, ports 80 and 443 for websites, and port 500 for VPN access). While most of these ports allow you to engage in critical functions, there are often ports that remain open despite being unneeded or unused. These available ports present … Continued
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