Cybersecurity Survey – Nebraska Registered Investment Advisers

January 22, 2019

On December 3, 2018 the Nebraska Department of Banking and Finance (NDBF) released their 2018 Cybersecurity Survey of Nebraska-Registered Investment Advisers. NDBF surveyed fifty-seven Nebraska registered investment advisers. The survey focused on devices used in advisory activities, Wi-Fi access points, passwords, encryption policies, and anti-virus/anti-malware services. The full report can be viewed here.

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2019 SEC Examination Priorities

December 27, 2018

On December 20, 2018, the Office of Compliance Inspections and Examination (“OCIE”) of the U.S. Securities Exchange Commission (“SEC”) released its 2019 Examinations Priorities for SEC registered investment advisers. After completing over 3,150 investment adviser examinations in 2018, a 10 percent increase over 2017, the SEC outlined several themes for the focus of investment adviser examinations which include the following:

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SEC Risk Alert – Electronic Messaging

December 19, 2018

December 17, 2018 the Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (“OCIE”) of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) released a new National Exam Program Risk Alert Relating to Electronic Messaging. The purpose of the risk alert is to remind SEC registered investment advisers of their obligations when their supervised persons use electronic messaging and to help SEC registered investment advisers improve their systems, policies, and procedures by sharing the SEC staff’s observations from its investment adviser examinations.

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Deadline for Receipt of Preliminary Renewal Statement Payments Quickly Approaching

December 05, 2018

The deadline for investment advisers to submit their Preliminary Renewal Statement payment is quickly approaching. FINRA must be in receipt of the full payment listed on the Preliminary Renewal Statement by December 17, 2018. Investment advisers with sufficient funds in their Flex-Funding Account to cover the Preliminary Renewal Statement payment will have funds automatically transferred beginning on December 17, 2018 to the Renewal Account to cover total renewal fees owed. Automatic transfers will be conducted every day after December 17, 2018 until the WEB CRD/IARD shuts down for year-end processing on December 27, 2018. Investment advisers that choose to mail in their payments are advised to do so now to avoid delays and to ensure funds are received by the deadline. If your investment adviser would like assistance with the annual renewal service, click here for more information on or to purchase RIA Compliance Consultants’ IARD Renewal Program and ADV Amendment Service. If you have questions regarding these or any of the other services offered by RIA Compliance Consultants, contact your support person or Amanda Erwin (877) 345-4034 Ext. 115.

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Ensure Timely Preliminary Renewal Statement Payments

November 20, 2018

Don’t wait until the last minute to submit your annual renewal fees. FINRA must be in receipt of the full payment listed on the Preliminary Renewal Statement, which is now available, by Monday, December 17, 2018. Investment advisers with sufficient funds in their Flex-Funding Account to cover the Preliminary Renewal Statement payment will have funds automatically transferred beginning December 17, 2018 to the Renewal Account to cover total renewal fees owed. Investment advisers that choose to mail in their payments are advised to do so now to avoid delays and to ensure funds are received by the deadline. If your investment adviser would like assistance with the annual renewal service, click here for more information on or to purchase RIA Compliance Consultants’ IARD Renewal Program and ADV Amendment Services.

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Preliminary Renewal Statement Now Available

November 15, 2018

As of Monday, November 12, 2018, your investment advisor firm can access, via its IARD account, its Preliminary Renewal Statement for the upcoming year. Investment advisor firms are assessed individual registration fees based on the state(s) that the firm is notice filed or registered in and the number of investment advisor representatives and their approved registration statuses. The amount reflected in the Preliminary Renewal Statement is the amount of renewal fees investment advisors must pay in order to maintain active registration for the firm and its investment advisor representatives.

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Preliminary Renewal Statements Available Monday

November 07, 2018

Starting Monday, November 12, 2018, a registered investment adviser firm can access, via its IARD account, its Preliminary Renewal Statement for 2019 renewals. The Preliminary Renewal Statement must be paid, in full, by Monday, December 17, 2018. Depending on your method of payment, it may take at least two days for a payment to post to the IARD account. Because of this, your firm’s payment should arrive at FINRA no later than Wednesday, December 12, 2018, to ensure that funds are posted to your firm’s IARD account by December 17, 2018.

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Annual Renewals of Investment Advisers is Quickly Approaching

November 02, 2018

Now is the time for each registered investment adviser to begin preparations for IARD renewals for the investment adviser firm and its investment adviser representatives. Registered investment advisers must make sure that they always remain properly registered. If you are an SEC registered investment adviser, you must make sure that your investment adviser is notice filed in all required states. If you are a state registered investment adviser, you must make sure your investment adviser is properly registered in all required states. Generally, registration or notice filing is required at the firm level if an investment adviser has a place of business in the state or if it exceeds the state’s de minimus exemption. However, investment advisers must review each state’s notice filing or registration requirements prior to conducting business in a state. Investment adviser representative licensing is always handled at the state level. Investment adviser firms must review and determine that all investment adviser representatives are properly licensed prior to conducting business in a state.

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California Securities Regulation Division Is Currently Conducting Online Examinations of State Registered Investment Advisers

October 25, 2018

RIA Compliance Consultants was recently made aware that the California Department of Business Oversight – Securities Regulation Division is conducting “Online Written Examinations” of investment adviser firms registered with the State of California regardless of whether or not the investment adviser firm has offices located in California.

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