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- New Law Bans Kaspersky Software from Use in U.S. Government
- I Owned Bitcoin For a Weekend and Here's What I Learned
- SEC Appoints New Chair and Board Members to PCAOB
- FINRA, Georgetown Team Up to Deliver 'Certified Regulatory and Compliance Professional' Program
- FINRA Board Meeting - This Week's Agenda
- Statement on Cryptocurrencies and Initial Coin Offerings - SEC Chair Clayton
- Company Halts Initial Coin Offering Over SEC Registration Concerns
- Kevin O'Leary Explains One Big Thing People Don't Understand About Bitcoin (But Need To)
- CME Bitcoin Futures: A Better Way to Buy (or Short) Bitcoin?
- Address at ICI's 2017 Securities Law Developments Conference - SEC Commissioner Stein
- New York Pension Fund Seeks More Pay Disclosure from Wells Fargo
- Wells Fargo Sanctions Are on Ice Under Trump Official
- Josh Brown: Here's How to Buy Bitcoin, But Realize It Could Be One Giant Bubble
- Trump's New Tax Plan Could Cost Citigroup $20 Billion
- Morgan Stanley Fires Former Congressman Harold Ford Jr.
- Al Franken Will Resign Over Sexual Misconduct Allegations - His Full Resignation Speech
- Ex-NFL Player Gets 40 Years for Running $10Mn Fraud
- Bitcoin Blows Past $15K, Adding $2K in Under 12 Hours
- Financial Adviser Settles Charges for Defrauding Private Equity Fund Investors
- New Cross Market Equity Supervision Report Cards - FINRA Phone-In Workshop, WebEx Presentation
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FINRA Highlights Its 2017 Exam Priorities
FINRA is using podcasts to highlight its 2017 Exam Priorities that were disseminated to member firms earlier this year. In today’s podcast, the third in a 4-part series, FINRA presents the following observations pertaining to key issues:
1. CYBER SECURITY. FINRA has noted repeated branch cyber compliance shortcomings pertaining to:
- branch office cyber compliance controls - (i) password strength and sharing; (ii) data encryption; (iii) portable storage device use; (iv) virus protection.
- correct data storage – (i) failure to store certain records in non-rewritable, non-erasable format.
2. FIRM’S OWN TESTING OF SUPERVISORY CONTROLS. FINRA notes that controls most commonly break down when a firm increases the scales or scope of its business, or it changes from a legacy to a new compliance system. Most common
3. CUSTOMER PROPERTY AND SEGREGATIONS OF CLIENT ASSETS (SEC RULE 15C3-3). When looking at firms’ documentation and procedures, FINRA has noted: (i) some firms engage in transactions with little or no economic substance just to reduce their reserve or segregation requirements.
4. SEC REG. SHOW (SHORT SALES). FINRA finds that: (i) firms don’t always have reasonable grounds to believe that shares are available for borrowing before entering short sales.
5. AML AND SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY TRANSACTIONS. FINRA has noted deficiencies related to: (i) data integrity issues; (ii) suspicious microcap activity; (iii) foreign currency transaction monitoring; and, (iv) accounts controlled by nominee companies.
6. MUNI ADVISOR REGISTRATION. FINRA finds that: (i) some firms are not registering correctly with the SEC and the MSRB; and, (ii) not adequately registering their personnel.