Posts tagged Regulatory and Examination Priorities Letter.

On January 4, new President and CEO Richard Cook issued FINRA's Annual Regulatory and Examination Priorities Letter. This year's list in summary is:

New for 2017:

Targeted electronic off-site reviews "on select firms not scheduled for cycle exams."
An annual summary report of key exam findings on selected issues
More resources for small firms, including:
- Compliance calendar;
- Compliance service provide directory.

High-Risk / Recidivist Brokers

Dedicated exam group
Supervisory procedures and due-diligence
Branch inspections

Sales Practices

Seniors: fraud and abuse; ...

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FINRA released its annual Regulatory and Examination Priorities Letter (so-called "Errico Letter") on January 5. FINRA's top five priorities:

  1. Firm Culture. FINRA's been pushing "culture of compliance" for years, but in 2016 will take it to the next level: "FINRA will formalize our assessment of firm culture while continuing our focus on conflicts of interest and ethics." In looking at a firm's culture, FINRA will focus on "Five Factors" to assess whether:
  • policy or control breaches are tolerated;
  • control functions are valued within the organization;
  • managers are ...
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