Financial Regulatory Forum

Lessons from 2015: investor-centered compliance takes center stage in U.S.

January 13, 2016

By Julie Dimauro, Regulatory Intelligence

The course of regulatory developments in the United States in 2015 showed a decided focus on investor protections, tracking illicit financial flows, protecting data and ensuring overall cyber security. Furthermore, there was continuing discussion of the independence and financial commitment firms must give to compliance leadership.

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.

Spotlight hits technology platforms as U.S. mulls fiduciary standard

December 8, 2015

It was during a congressional hearing in June that U.S. Labor Secretary Tom Perez spoke about how technology companies can help investors in making better choices about their investments. Perez said several times that automated portfolio advice services, or “robo-advisors,” can help the government to meet its goal of getting firms to offer retail investors suitable products at an affordable price.

Promontory, by settling, bows to realities of legal challenges against regulators

August 25, 2015

In a swift reversal of its earlier determination to sue the New York State Department of Financial Services, the Promontory Financial Group, a leading consultant to the industry, took what some observers say is the kind of advice it typically offers clients when accused of wrongdoing: settle. (more…)

COLUMN: “Swindle & Fraud” – America’s great tradition, from Lapham’s Quarterly

June 16, 2015

It is easy to fall into the belief that we are living in special times; that greed, avarice, fraud, and swindle are at new heights; that bankers are worse than they’ve ever been; that public trust in them is at historic lows. Nearly every day we learn of yet another major fine imposed on a bank for some wrongdoing, all this while the leaders of finance lament the burdensome rules they must now work under.
Pity them, and pity us, but life has always been that way, or at least that is the lesson drawn in reading the latest edition of Lapham’s Quarterly “Swindle & Fraud.” We are reminded that humans have a long history of behaving badly, and efforts to change that reality have usually run aground. Deception, lies, fraud and confidence tricksters are part of our fabric, whether in business or finance, on a New York street corner, Barnum’s circus, or ancient Greece. (more…)

U.S. compliance education expands as demand increases – Part One: law schools

December 3, 2014

By Julie DiMauro, Compliance Complete

NEW YORK, Dec. 3 (Thomson Reuters Accelus) – As companies spend more on compliance to meet regulatory imperatives on financial crime, data privacy, supply-chain management and others, the focus on compliance officers and their skill set has expanded.
This has in turn put a focus on preparation for the increasingly challenging role of compliance officer, the subject of this three-part series. The first installment looks at how some U.S.-based law schools are starting to realize that they are well-suited to offer programs that will prepare students for this role, and it seems likely more will follow. (more…)

Effective training a weak link in many compliance programs – survey

August 13, 2014

By Emmanuel Olaoye and Stuart Gittleman, Compliance Complete

NEW YORK, Aug. 13, 2014 (Thomson Reuters Accelus) – Firms, especially those in the financial services sector, have improved their compliance and ethics training programs but are still being challenged in measuring their programs’ effectiveness, two researchers told Thomson Reuters Compliance Complete on Wednesday.

Internal Audit & the Four Cs: Culture, Conduct, Corporate Governance and Customer Outcomes

July 30, 2014

By Michael Cowan, Regulatory Intelligence Analyst, Thomson Reuters

NEW YORK, July 30, 2014 – Corporate governance and culture have moved into the mainstream as a result of the financial crisis, and as the global recovery takes hold, governments and regulators are keen to ensure lessons are learned. It is clear, however, that despite the increasing profile of corporate governance with regulators, shareholders and customers, and the effect it has on the health and reputation of firms, it is still an area in which many internal auditors lack a high level of involvement. (more…)

U.S. compliance salary report: More jobs, higher pay, but post-crisis boost is limited

May 29, 2014

By Emmanuel Olaoye and Stuart Gittleman, Compliance Complete

NEW YORK, May 29, 2014 (Thomson Reuters Accelus) – The job market for compliance professionals is picking up. But the high fines and complicated investigations financial services firms face as regulators and enforcers sharpen their scrutiny after the 2008 financial crisis have had a limited impact on compensation trends, boutique recruiters and global firms told Compliance Complete.

“Super managers,” governance spotlighted in economist Piketty’s blockbuster capitalism critique

May 8, 2014

By Henry Engler, Compliance Complete

NEW YORK – May 8, 2014 (Thomson Reuters Accelus) – How much of a role have corporate boards played in rising income inequality in the United States, the UK and elsewhere?