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Using Technology to Build a Culture of Compliance

Compliance professionals are aware that creating a strong culture of compliance should be a priority for their organizations. Yet what exactly does that mean for firms—and how can they prove to regulators that a culture of compliance is in place? That’s a question that I cover frequently with the firms that I work with.

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Constraints and Pressures Facing Compliance Today

What are the most significant pressures facing compliance programs in 2021? And where are the largest constraints? An audience of Chief Compliance Officers and General Counsel were asked those questions during the during the webinar Compliance Budgeting: Reducing Risk by Doing More With Less.

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Reduce Compliance Risk by Doing More With Less

A recent Deloitte study found that organizations surveyed indicated that that as their compliance programs mature, they are increasingly being asked to ‘do more with less’. Compliance teams must constantly balance meeting regulatory requirements with managing costs and increasing efficiency.

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FINRA Guidance on the Supervision of Independent Contractors

Many of the firms that I work with, both large and small, work with representatives that are independent contractors. I am frequently asked how technology can help firms supervise their independent reps, especially in these days of remote work. The past few weeks have seen FINRA impose significant fines and sanctions against a range of firms for supervisory failures. Firms must have processes in place to monitor activities and mitigate this risk.

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Less is More for Compliance in 2021

In 2021, Compliance expects to face a reduction of staff and budget dedicated to its department, contrasting with the current need for better monitoring of employees’ activities and the raising of regulatory enforcement. This year was a time to re-evaluate compliance programs and review processes. Many Compliance departments spent weeks doing so, coming to the conclusion that a more efficient technology is the only way to reduce the cost of its activities, improve the monitoring of employees and transform inadequate Compliance programs.

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