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OCIE Releases List of Common Principal and Agency Cross Trading Compliance Issues

OCIE Releases List of Common Principal and Agency Cross Trading Compliance Issues WHAT HAPPENED? On Sept. 4, 2019, the Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations of the Securities and Exchange Commission issued a Risk Alert regarding common principal and agency cross trading compliance concerns. Principal and agency cross trading [...]

Alleged Cryptocurrency Scam Serves as Reminder of Digital Assets Risks

Alleged Cryptocurrency Scam Serves as Reminder of Digital Assets Risks WHAT HAPPENED? On Aug. 13, 2019, the Securities and Exchange Commission issued a press release regarding charges against Reginald “Reggie” Middleton and his two companies, Veritaseum, Inc. and Veritaseum, LLC. The complaint, filed in Brooklyn, New York, alleges that [...]

SEC Charges Investment Adviser and His 90-Year-Old Father with Breaching Fiduciary Duty After Taking Advantage of Elderly Client

SEC Charges Investment Adviser and His 90-Year-Old Father with Breaching Fiduciary Duty After Taking Advantage of Elderly Client WHAT HAPPENED? On July 19, 2019, the US Securities and Exchange Commission charged a registered investment adviser, Account Management LLC, with breaching their fiduciary duty to their largest client, a 92-year-old [...]

Alaska Investment Adviser Ordered to Pay Over $400K in SEC Settlement

Alaska Investment Adviser Ordered to Pay Over $400K in SEC Settlement WHAT HAPPENED? On July 24, 2019, the US Securities and Exchange Commission released a settlement with an Alaska investment adviser, which was penalized for its failure to properly disclose compensation conflicts to clients. Foundations Assets Management (FAM) and [...]

OCIE Releases Findings After Examining Firms Employing Persons with Disciplinary Histories

OCIE Releases Findings After Examining Firms Employing Persons with Disciplinary Histories WHAT HAPPENED? On July 23, 2019, the Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) released a Risk Alert which outlines the findings of examinations of over 50 advisers in 2017. All the examined advisers were selected based on [...]

How are Advisers Selected for an OCIE Exam?

How are Advisers Selected for an OCIE Exam? WHAT HAPPENED? In Fiscal Year 2018, the Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations of the Securities and Exchange Commission examined nearly 17% of SEC-registered investment advisers. For the past several years, the number of examinations performed annually has steadily increased and [...]

Investment Adviser Overcharges Clients by $367,000, Charged with Fraud

Investment Adviser Overcharges Clients by $367,000, Charged with Fraud WHAT HAPPENED? On May 28, 2019, the Securities and Exchange Commission charged an investment adviser with overcharging clients by at least $367,000. In 2015 and 2016, Stephen Brandon Anderson, owner and operator of River Source Wealth Management, charged a majority [...]

SEC to Increase Exam Funding for Fiscal Year 2019

SEC to Increase Exam Funding for Fiscal Year 2019 WHAT HAPPENED? On Monday, February 12th, the Securities and Exchange Commission released its budget for the 2019 fiscal year.  The SEC proposed a 3.5 percent increase from the 2018 fiscal budget, for a total of $1.658 billion. The budget includes [...]

SEC Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations Announces 2018 Examination Priorities

SEC Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations Announces 2018 Examination Priorities WHAT HAPPENED? On February 7, 2018, the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) announced the 2018 examination priorities.  The exam priorities are published to improve compliance, prevent fraud, monitor risk and implement policy. [...]

SEC Charges Purported Hedge Fund Manager with Fraud

SEC Charges Purported Hedge Fund Manager with Fraud WHAT HAPPENED? On February 2nd, 2018, the Securities and Exchange Commission pressed charges against a hedge fund manager for fraud, ending an ongoing scheme. The SEC claims that since 2014 or earlier, the adviser collectively raised more than $5.3 million from [...]