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Governance, risk, and technology insights from ACA's experienced team

September 26, 2018

This case study explains how a large, complex fund allocator implemented ACA's NorthPoint IMS to address challenges managing their fund investments due to operational inefficiencies and decentralized workflows and data.

September 19, 2018

Regulators in both the U.S. and U.K. continue to focus on electronic communication oversight programs as a form of detecting and preventing financial crime and non-compliance within financial organizations. We’ve seen the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), and the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) increase their focus on this area over the past two years, and we anticipate this scrutiny will likely increase. This blog post tells you what you need to know and ACA's guidance.

September 18, 2018

The Investment Advisers Act of 1940 ("Advisers Act") imposes a significant number of regulatory obligations on the roughly 13,000 advisers registered under its purview. One of the broader mandates under the Advisers Act, articulated by Rule 206(4)-7 (the “Compliance Program Rule”), requires advisers to review, no less frequently than annually, the adequacy of the policies and procedures established and the effectiveness of their implementation.

September 7, 2018

Don’t miss the opportunity to learn from industry experts, engage with like-minded peers, and connect with the top leaders in the industry at ACA's Fall

September 6, 2018

CFA Institute released the first major revisions to the GIPS standards on August 31, 2018. The proposed revisions represent the most significant change to the standards since the 2010 edition of the GIPS standards went into effect on January 1, 2011. The 2020 GIPS Standards Exposure Draft is now available for public comment until December 31, 2018.

August 30, 2018

Missed the 2018 DEF CON Security Conference? ACA Aponix's Justin Karpenski shares 8 key takeaways from one of the world's largest security conferences.

August 29, 2018

The UK’s financial regulator recently announced 9 December 2019 as the deadline for the implementation of the Senior Managers & Certification Regime (SM&CR) for solo-regulated firms. With the regulation set to impact 47,000 financial firms, we answer some common questions that firms may have on the upcoming SM&CR.

August 24, 2018

We introduced ACA Academy at our spring compliance conference as an extra resource designed to provide compliance professionals with a non-compliance skill set that cam be applied both on and off the job. Here are five reasons to attend ACA Academy, no matter your role or company size.

August 23, 2018

ACA’s Askari Foy and Thomas Riley recently hosted a live webcast discussing cybersecurity best practices and trends for fund boards, sub-advisers, and investment company service providers with cybersecurity oversight. This post provides key takeaways from the webcast that investment companies can implement to help mitigate cybersecurity risk and protect the fund's assets and reputation. 

August 21, 2018

This case study details how a global asset management firm with more than $100 billion in assets under management (AUM) across multiple geographic regions implemented ACA's ComplianceAlpha Marketing Review Solution (MRS) to streamline marketing reviews and meet regulatory requirements.

MiFID II August Insights
August 16, 2018

With a significant increase to the number of reports ingested and the uptick in the number of firms submitting data, the FCA has been able to build a clearer picture of the behaviours of firms’ and their clients. However, the regulator is stressing the importance of reporting data quality, accuracy and completeness, with a particular focus on the following issues.

August 8, 2018

ACA Aponix Partner Mike Pappacena provides the key elements to building a strong cybersecurity program that not only protects your business and data, but also keeps regulators away.

Recent Developments in the SEC’s Requests Related to MNPI Testing
August 8, 2018

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") continues to invest in developing and improving its technology and data analytics capabilities.

The CFTC Expands Its Regulatory Approach to Cryptocurrencies
August 8, 2018

The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) has taken several actions to flesh out its regulatory approach to cryptocurrency transactions that are classified as commodities. There’s no doubt that US regulators will continue to publish new materials on cryptocurrencies as the year progresses. How should firms that wish to engage in cryptocurrencies prepare?