As year-end nears, compliance teams are beginning to plan for 2019. To assist with the annual budgeting process, ACA has compiled the following information to help firms stretch limited resources and keep pace with the regulatory developments shaping next year’s compliance efforts.
The recent increase in high-profile cyber incidents, such as the September 2018 Facebook breach, have put millions of people around the world at risk for identity theft and other cyber-crimes. This blog post contains tips and information you can share with your family and friends about staying safe online.
The UK’s Chancellor of the Exchequer has delivered his 2018 Budget. This was supposed to be his final Budget before the United Kingdom leaves the European Union on 29 March 2019. That said, depending on whether a “No Deal” Brexit prevails, he has signalled that he might well squeeze another one in.
The popularity and worldwide adoption of the the GIPS standards by investment management firms is largely due to demand by asset owners. In the interest of risk management, asset owners increasingly require external investment managers to comply with the GIPS standards. Recently, more asset owners have begun to apply the same principles to their own performance reporting and ACA Performance Services is seeing growing interest in attaining GIPS compliance among the asset owner community.
The US Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) has indicated that it will be focusing on the effectiveness of anti-money laundering (AML) systems and controls after including the topic on its list of FY 2019 annual priorities. For OCC-regulated banks, this means exams will concentrate on how up-to-date AML and Bank Secrecy Act (BSA) programs are with evolving threats and new rules.
In early 2017, the SEC approved rule-change proposals establishing continued listing standards for passively and actively managed exchange-traded products. More specifically, the rules require ETP issuers and managers to adopt new monitoring and oversight protocols to ensure continued compliance with the applicable listing standards. In the event an ETP falls out of compliance with the standards, the Manager must promptly notify the appropriate Exchange.
Our homes are becoming increasingly connected to the outside world through "smart" devices, which work together over your Wi-Fi network to make your home more comfortable, safe, and convenient. With all of this convenience comes a great deal of risk. Here are tips for securing your smart devices.
The more information you allow your smartphone apps to share, the easier it will be for hackers to steal this information and use it for malicious purposes. This post discusses best practices for securing your mobile device and the apps you install.
The release of the Exposure Draft of the 2020 Global Investment Performance Standards (GIPS) in August has forced many firms to assess how the new requirements will impact their business, both from marketing and operational perspectives. Not only will this impact firms currently claiming compliance with the GIPS standards, but also those considering doing so.
Chief compliance officers (CCOs) and risk and compliance teams know they need regulatory technology to meet ever-increasing regulatory obligations as well as establish best practices for their firm’s governance, risk, and compliance (GRC) program that reduce operational risk and increase operational efficiencies. While the value added by a RegTech solution is clear, understanding the full scope of a GRC technology implementation can be a significant challenge. This blog post explains the four steps you can take to enhance the effectiveness of your firm’s GRC capabilities using technology.
The UK’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) outlined a number of observations relating to market abuse surveillance. These should serve as a reminder and encourage investment management firms to review their existing policies, systems and controls in this area. But what does this guidance say and how should firms best take heed?
On November 18, 2018, this new set of rules will come into force, bringing additional governance, operational, and disclosure requirements. As the FMCC countdown clock ticks ever closer to the deadline, these are the key compliance components that fund management firms should have in place before impact day.
In the wake of the recent Facebook breach and other high-profile cyber incidents, cybersecurity experts are predicting that we may see aftershocks and secondary breaches for many years to come. Here are some ways you can control the amount of personal information about you that is available online.
October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month. Our 2018 theme is Online Safety for Children. Check out our resources for parents and caregivers on how to keep kids ages 3-18 safe online.