ACA Spotlight Blog

ACA Spotlight Blog

Compliance, risk, and technology insights and alerts for financial services
 

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ACA's experienced compliance, risk, and technology professionals regularly provide insights on industry news, trends, and best practices. Our blog now consolidates all ACA compliance alerts, thought leadership articles, white papers, cybersecurity alerts, and results from ACA surveys to help you find the information you need more quickly and easily. 

For ACA compliance alerts prior to March 2019, see our News Archive.

GIPS 2020 Verification ACA Performance
Thought Leadership
August 22, 2019

Following the release of the 2020 GIPS Standards by CFA Institute on June 28, 2019, firms are encouraged to early adopt the new provisions. One such firm did early adopt, and ACA Performance Services is excited to announce we recently issued our first verification report under the 2020 GIPS Standards.

SEC Investigating Data Leak at First American
Compliance Alert
August 21, 2019

Real estate title insurance giant First American Financial Corp. is being investigated by the SEC for a data leak that exposed over 885 million personal records from as far back as 2003.

FCA Raises Further Concerns on Access to Inside Information
Compliance Alert - FCA
August 20, 2019

Following the conviction of a former compliance officer of a major investment bank, the FCA raises concerns on the control of access to inside information. We examine the regulator's findings and recommendations, and what this means for financial services firms. 

Treasury International Capital Form SHL
Compliance Alert
August 8, 2019

The U.S. Treasury and the Federal Reserve Bank of New York will collect data regarding non-U.S. residents’ holdings of securities of U.S. issuers via Form TIC SHL. This mandatory collection is conducted every five years. The filing deadline is August 30, 2019, and data must be reported as of June 30, 2019.

GIPS Compliance Alternative Asset Managers
Thought Leadership
August 7, 2019

The 2020 edition of the GIPS Standards was released on June 28, 2019. One of the major initiatives of the overhaul was to make compliance with the GIPS standards easier for alternative managers.

6 Hot Topics in Employee Compliance
Thought Leadership
August 5, 2019

Is your code of ethics monitoring and personal trade surveillance compliance program built to beat the heat? This blog post recaps our recent webcast on this topic and provides best practices for navigating complex and evolving areas of compliance management, including cryptocurrency, pay-to-play, robo-advisors, and more.

CCPA amendments
Compliance Alert
August 5, 2019

The California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) is scheduled to go into effect on January 1, 2020. There are seven amendments that will be contemplated by the CA legislature between now and September 13, 2019.

Six Ways Financial Organizations Stumble Over KYD for Financial Crime Technology
Thought Leadership
August 5, 2019

Effective AML compliance requires a data governance program to address the acquisition and management of the data – also known as “know your data” or KYD. This is a hot topic for financial institutions monitoring client transactions for money laundering, terrorist financing, or other forms of financial crime.

Joint Statement About Broker-Dealer Custody of Digital Asset Securities
Compliance Alert - FINRA
August 1, 2019

A company that effects transactions in digital asset securities for its own account or the accounts of others must register as a broker-dealer under Section 15 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. In addition, these companies must meet the requirements of Rule 15c3-3 (the “Customer Protection Rule”) if they intend to custody digital asset securities.

Firms’ non-financial misconduct under FCA spotlight thanks to SM&CR
Thought Leadership
August 1, 2019

Sexual harassment and other forms of “non-financial misconduct” are now on equal footing with types of financial misconduct with the FCA. Firms and employees are at risk of regulatory sanctions for failure to fulfill the FCA’s evolving diversity and inclusion expectations.

Preventing Stormy Security Weather in Your Microsoft Office 365 Cloud Environment
Thought Leadership
July 30, 2019

Companies are relying increasingly on cloud service providers for conducting business, including storing data, hosting email, and more. But with the increasing regulatory focus on the risk of cloud data storage, is the forecast for cloud solutions stormy?

Capital One Breach Affects 100 Million Customers
Cyber Alert
July 30, 2019

On July 29, Capital One Financial Corporation announced that it had suffered a breach on July 19. On that date, an outside individual illegally accessed the personally identifiable information of over 100 million of its customers.