Tag: best execution

SEC Continues Scrutiny of Private Fund Cross Trades

The SEC continues to scrutinize principal and cross-trade transactions in the private fund world. Are such trades illegal? No. In fact, with sufficient disclosures (and supervisory controls, of course), a private fund adviser can conduct principal and cross trades, which can offer certain benefits to the funds under management. For example, cross trades can be … Continued

Takeaways from FINRA’s Examination Priorities 2020

The much-anticipated release of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc. (“FINRA”) 2020 Risk Monitoring and Examination Priorities Letter occurred on January 9, 2020. Why is this annual release so important to broker-dealers? In short, it serves as a roadmap to identify compliance and supervisory topics that will underpin FINRA’s examination program as 2020 unfolds. After … Continued

Data Quality the Key to Meeting Challenge and Opportunity of Cost Transparency

Technology has done much to increase cost transparency in recent years, yielding considerable power – and savings – to consumers. Price comparison websites, for example, make it easy for us to weigh the costs of regular household expenditure items – from holidays to utility services to home insurance – across multiple providers. Behind the technology … Continued

With New Risk Alert, SEC Doubles Down on Best Execution

On July 11, 2018, the SEC issued a Risk Alert outlining commonly found compliance issues related to best execution by investment advisers. Advisers have an obligation to seek best execution of client transactions, taking into consideration quantitative factors such as execution quality and commission rate, as well as more qualitative factors such as the value … Continued

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