The Misnomer about Cyber

When investment advisers use the cloud, they are making a conscious, informed decision to outsource tasks to vendors who may have particular expertise or infrastructure in place to handle such tasks. From hosted email archiving to compliance reporting, and from hosted backups to client communication portals, moving data to the cloud can help many firms address business needs while enabling them to focus more on their core business – providing investment advice. However, the Securities and Exchange Commission has made it clear that while financial professionals can outsource processes, they cannot delegate the ultimate responsibility for the performance of those functions. After all, it is the investment adviser who is in the trusted position of a fiduciary with respect to the adviser’s clients.

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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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