Financial Regulatory Forum

Ontario whistleblower policy seen strong on compliance culture, weaker on incentives, confidentiality

July 19, 2016

Ontario’s incoming securities whistleblower program will promote better compliance culture among market participants, but the limited incentives and confidentiality it offers to informants may hamper its effectiveness, legal experts have warned. (more…)

IMPACT ANALYSIS: DOL fiduciary rule may require multiple paths to compliance

June 27, 2016

Manisha Kimmel, Thomson Reuters

(NEW YORK) – What makes the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) “fiduciary rule” so transformational is that unlike most regulations which have a major cost and operational impact, the DOL rule package will also have a material impact on the front office. This impact will include financial adviser compensation and revenue associated with Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs) and other retirement accounts. (more…)

The clash of varying views of ‘culture’ among companies and financial regulators

June 14, 2016

By Todd Ehret, Regulatory Intelligence

(Thomson Reuters Regulatory Intelligence) – Culture, values, ethics, principles, and beliefs are all somewhat synonymous. Or are they? It depends on the setting and more importantly, the viewpoint from which one attempts to assess the philosophical concepts of right and wrong.

U.S. banks, regulators see progress, but not yet victory, in culture battle

May 17, 2016

The struggle to instill stronger cultural values and ethics into U.S. banking organizations has shown signs of progress over the recent past, but maintaining momentum requires business leaders to remain committed to the process, according to senior bankers and regulators. Moreover, it remains to be seen whether the reforms banks have put in place prevent any future scandals from emerging. (more…)

IMPACT ANALYSIS: Recent cases against biotech venture fund execs and PwC highlight accounting failures

May 9, 2016

By Todd Ehret, Regulatory Intelligence

(Thomson Reuters Regulatory Intelligence) – A recent settled Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) action involving a well-known biotech venture capital investment adviser and its top executives is as an excellent reminder to those in the private fund business that private funds are not to be used as personal piggy banks. (more…)

Panama Papers and ‘who owns what’ — big implications for financial services

April 21, 2016

By Julie DiMauro, Regulatory Intelligence

(Thomson Reuters Regulatory Intelligence) – The mushrooming “Panama Papers” scandal is a warning to financial services firms that they cannot be complacent about their obligation to determine beneficial ownership, know their customers, and perform due diligence on all of their business associates. (more…)

IMPACT ANALYSIS: Data protection practices and governance – action items for firms

March 3, 2016

By Julie DiMauro, Regulatory Intelligence

NEW YORK (Thomson Reuters Regulatory Intelligence) – Regulators want to see how well the organizations they oversee protect personal data. The challenge is to craft these protection protocols to meet their demands and to provide evidence of compliance.

Ontario’s no-contest settlement with CI Investments a lesson in self-policing

February 25, 2016

The Ontario Securities Commission (OSC) has approved a C$164 million no-contest settlement agreement (PDF) with CI Investments Inc. to compensate investors for the firm’s failure to accurately calculate the value of certain mutual funds. It is the largest investor compensation package to result from a no-contest settlement since the OSC began using them in March 2014, and reflects the intended “self-policing” outcome of the OSC’s Revised Credit for Cooperation Program. (more…)

MetLife, AIG spinoffs of U.S. insurance units show “disruptive” fiduciary rules, not just capital needs

February 3, 2016

By Richard Satran, Regulatory Intelligence

(Thomson Reuters Regulatory Intelligence) – The American insurance industry is being rapidly reshaped from a state-regulated backwater by what an industry group calls the “disruptive” impact of government regulation — and it is not just the often-cited capital demands placed on them by regulators who want bank-like systemic risk protection and activist investors who want quick returns on their investments.

IA Brief: Year-end chores list: do what you say

December 15, 2015

The looming turn of the calendar offers a good occasion for investment adviser compliance officers to make good on their promises.