SEC Examined 11% of Advisers in 2016

The SEC met its stated fiscal year 2016 goal by examining 11 percent of the investment adviser pool, meaning over 1,300 advisers were covered.

SEC Releases 2017 Examination Priorities

The SEC’s Office of Compliance and Examinations (“OCIE”) released its Examination Priorities for 2017 with a focus on “certain practices, products, and services that OCIE perceives to present potentially heightened risk to investors and/or the integrity of the U.S. capital markets.”

Highlights of 2016, A Look Forward to 2017

Join Ascendant to review new IA regulatory trends across the DOL Fiduciary Rule, the November Election, and Dodd-Frank regulation. Last December, Ascendant ComplianceCasts predicted the “pendulum swings some” in 2016. The presentation will cover up-to-date regulatory information and issue summaries … Read more

Social Engineering & Ransomware

If you were asked to describe a hacker, what image comes to mind? If you’re like most, you are probably picturing unintelligible text flying across a monitor as young men in black hoodies attempt to break into networks, engaging in a very technical dance and speaking in terms the average layperson would not understand.

Planning for the Annual Review and Reporting

An annual review should be a team process, with different departments “owning” their subject matters. Doing so allows the CCO to keep compliance on the radar for firm employees and sets the “culture of compliance” that the SEC looks for.

Prepare for Business Continuity Planning Rule

The SEC is proposing a new rule 206(4)-4 under the Investment Advisers Act of 1940 that would require SEC-registered investment advisers to adopt and implement written business continuity and transition plans in order to legally operate under SEC jurisdiction. The rule … Read more