The Compliance Digest

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FINRA Fines on Pace to Drop 73% in 2017

FINRA appears to be softening its enforcement actions in 2017, as it's on pace to deliver only a fraction of the fines it reported last year. Read More

FINRA Releases Video Series on Cybersecurity Pitfalls

In a three part video series, FINRA provides guidance on common deficiencies it has identified during its cybersecurity examinations of member firms. These failings include branch controls, data protection and password security and act as a to-do list of things broker-dealers should do to ensure their cybersecurity protocols are up to snuff. Read More

Common FINRA Exam Deficiencies for Small Firms

This article summarizes some of the most common rule violations for small firms, as outlined by FINRA regulators. Read More

Tips on How to Prepare for Your Next FINRA Exam

FINRA exams are challenging for everyone, however, there are several steps firms can take to better prepare for an onsite investigation. Read More

Key Takeaways from the FINRA Conference

More than 1,000 attendees and approximately 150 speakers attended FINRA’s annual conference back in May – including a team from Quest CE who took part in the three-day exhibitor fair. Read More

Firm Expelled and Fined $100K

A firm from Carrollton, Texas was expelled from FINRA membership and fined $100,000, while it’s CCO was fined $25,000, barred and suspended for three months. Read More

FINRA’s “Top Five” Biggest Fines from 2016

According to a recent report conducted by Eversheds Sutherland, 2016 was a record shattering year for FINRA fines, surpassing last year’s total by 87% and breaking the previous record set back in 2014. Read More

FINRA Requests Comment on Rule 2210

As part of FINRA’s retrospective review of its rules governing communications with the public, the self-regulatory authority is soliciting comment on proposed amendments to FINRA Rule 2210 (Communications with the Public). Read More

Why Training is the Best Compliance Remedy

If you were given the choice between two different pilots – one that is trained, the other not – which one would you choose? The answer seems like a pretty simple one, doesn’t it? So why would you treat your firm’s training plan any differently? Read More

FINRA Notice: 2017 Report Filing Due Dates

In an Information Notice released Monday, December 5, 2016, FINRA outlined several due dates for annual filings in 2017. This list included deadlines for firm's Annual Audit, Financial and Operational Combined Uniform Single (FOCUS), Form Custody, and supplemental FOCUS Report filing obligations. Read More