FCA's Dear CEO Letter Puts Focus on Personal Trading and Market Abuse

On 11 January 2023, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) published a "Dear CEO" letter to wholesale broker firms, highlighting key risks and drivers along with their supervisory focus for the next two years. The letter places particular emphasis on the Senior Managers and Certification Regime (SMCR), market abuse, personal account dealing-and the need for firms to have robust systems and controls in place to effectively manage and evidence these risks. 

With the end-February 2023 deadline for next steps looming, time is of the essence for senior executives and board members to review the current state of compliance in these areas and develop an action plan to fill in the gaps. 

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Small Compliance Team Priorities for 2023: KYE in the Spotlight

Organisations across the globe invest heavily in resources to strengthen relationships between the business and employees and create the best outcomes. Know Your Employee (KYE) initiatives centred around the recruitment process can result in high-quality talent acquisition. Background checking, identity verification, certifications, and other aspects are a high priority - and it’s no wonder. After all, the cost of replacing an employee is significant. ELMO & HRMI’s 2022 ANZ benchmark report shows an average of AUD $23,860 and 40 days to make new hires.

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Mitigate Risk During the Gift-Giving Season and Beyond

The holidays are here. The air is filled with cheer. . . and gifts and entertainment that might be putting your organization at risk. And those gift and entertainment compliance concerns don't end when the holidays are over. Taking a mindful approach to both the giving and receiving of gifts and entertainment can help firms stay on top of compliance throughout the year.

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Record SEC Enforcement in 2022 Brings Steep Penalties for Misconduct

U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Chair Gary Gensler said in a speech to the Practicing Law Institute that during the fiscal year that just ended on September 30, the agency filed over 700 actions and obtained judgments and orders totaling $6.4 billion, including $4 billion in civil penalties.

 The actions, outlined in a recent press release, covered a wide range of misconduct including charges around insider trading, disclosure failures and omissions, market manipulation and fraud, misleading investors, executive accountability, failure to maintain books and records, failure to register crypto as a security and insufficient policies and procedures. 

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Too Many Firms Still Track Employee Registration Compliance Manually

Tracking employee compliance credentials including authorizations, registrations and licensing is a complex endeavor. Yet during the recent webinar A Better Way to Track Licensing and Registrations, 58% of people polled reported that they are still using manual solutions like spreadsheets to track compliance with employee certification regulations.

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