Are Low-Priced Securities a Backdoor to Fraud? FINRA Says Watch Out
On February 15, 2021, FINRA issued an alert warning firms to pay attention to risks associated with low-priced securities activities. The Notice highlights the basic compliance tools that should be reviewed to address current concerns, including a review of red flag indicators of suspicious activity, adequacy of monitoring systems, and systems for consistent and accurate reporting. In light of their concern that bad actors, looking to take advantage of market urgencies like the COVID pandemic, will continue to perpetrate “pump and dump” and other schemes that exploit those attributes, FINRA underscores the risks of low-priced security transactions as a compliance priority.
Read the article to learn about FINRA's concerns and recommendations for your practice.Full Article
SEC Division of Examinations Announces 2021 Examination Priorities
The SEC Division of Examinations announced its 2021 examination priorities today, focusing on climate-related risks, conflicts of interest for brokers (Regulation Best Interest) and investment advisers (fiduciary duty), and attendant risks relating to FinTech in its initiatives and examinations. Stay tuned for our annual commentary, coming soon.Full Article
Bates in the News
UPDATE: Financial Advisor IQ reports on Feb 25 SIFMA Webinar on SEC Reg BI and Exams, featuring a quote from Bates Compliance Managing Director and panelist Linda Shirkey.Full Article