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ACA vendor management platform
January 18, 2018

Are you tired of managing your vendors with spreadsheets? Do you have a different tab for every third party? Does the prospect of a regulatory exam make you break out into a cold sweat?

January 12, 2018

This case study details how a growing investment advisory and financial planning firm managing over $1.5 billion in client assets implemented ACA's ComplianceAlpha® Compliance Management Platform (CMP) and Marketing Review Solution (MRS) modules to enhance the firm's compliance and marketing review program infrastructure.

New Prudential Framework Impact Analysis for EU Investment Firms
December 20, 2017

The premise of the new rules will be to ensure investment firms have a prudential framework designed to be simpler and more proportionate to the operations of these types of firms. However, these changes will result in significant alteration to how investment firms measure their capital for regulatory purposes. 

Recent Regulatory Reporting Updates
December 15, 2017

Firms in both the U.S. and the UK need to be aware of recent changes made to regulatory reporting forms. While the industry has been focused on MiFiD II, enhancements continue to be made to existing regulatory filings that require firms to keep abreast of their changes and modifications.

December 15, 2017

ACA Compliance Group offers many webcasts throughout the year featuring discussions on timely topics and issues ranging from regulatory compliance, performance, financial crime, and cybersecurity.

GIPS Executive Committee Broadly Distributed Pooled Funds
December 14, 2017

The Guidance Statement on Broadly Distributed Pooled Funds was approved on 13 March 2017.

December 13, 2017

Due to the nature of its business, trade finance is considered a high-risk product that is frequently used by individuals and criminal organizations to launder funds, conduct terrorist financing, and evade the sanctions, regulations, and restrictions of the Office of Foreign Assets Control ("OFAC

December 7, 2017

Link or network analysis can help the compliance risk industry better analyze data sets to discover alarming patterns. This form of analysis allows compliance teams to dive into massive piles of valuable information and process data much faster than holistic methods can.

GIPS Guidance Statement on Overlay Strategies
December 7, 2017

Last summer, CFA Institute released the Exposure Draft of the GIPS Standards Guidance Statement on Overlay Strategies. Historically, this segment of the investment industry has not received much in the form of ethical best practices in calculating and presenting performance, and this release was the first attempt by CFA Institute to issue official guidance for overlay managers.

December 5, 2017

Trying to get ahead but feel like you’re falling behind? The “most wonderful time of the year” can quickly turn into the most stressful time of the year when you’re caught between closing out year-end projects while strategizing and planning for the New Year.

December 4, 2017

With only 19 business days left in the year, the pressure is mounting to cross those final compliance to-do’s off the list and finish the year strong.

November 30, 2017

March 1, 2018 is the next compliance deadline for the New York State Department of Financial Services' ("DFS") New York State Law 23 NYCRR 500 Cybersecurity Requirements for Financial Services Companies (“23 NYCRR 500”).

November 20, 2017

Have you fallen behind schedule with your compliance testing and surveillance? Need an extra hand to assist with your annual compliance review? With year-end clearly in sight, we are available to assist with any short-term staffing needs. 

November 16, 2017

As we approach the end of 2017 and reflect on the past year, it’s hard to ignore the recent surge in cybercrime and the financial, operational, and reputational losses that breaches have caused portfolio companies and M&A targets.