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Monthly Regulatory Summary (July 2023)

Monthly Regulatory Summary (July 2023)

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August 1, 2023

As the regulatory landscape is constantly evolving, Compliance Risk Concepts (“CRC”) is issuing its monthly review and summary of FINRA, SEC, and NFA notices and bulletins to assist our clients in keeping abreast of notable regulatory developments and deadlines in an effort to strengthen their compliance and regulatory initiatives.


Regulatory Notices

There were no Regulatory Notices in July.

Special Notices

There were no Special Notices in July.


Final Rules

Per Release No. 33-11211, the SEC is adopting amendments to certain rules that govern money market funds under the Investment Company Act of 1940. These amendments are designed to improve the resilience and transparency of money market funds. The amendments will revise the primary rule that governs money market funds to remove the ability for a fund board to temporarily suspend redemptions if the fund’s liquidity falls below a threshold. In addition, the amendments will remove the tie between liquidity thresholds and the potential imposition of liquidity fees. The amendments will also require certain money market funds to implement a liquidity fee framework that will better allocate the costs of providing liquidity to redeeming investors. In addition, the SEC is increasing the daily liquid asset and weekly liquid asset minimum requirements to 25% and 50%, respectively. The SEC also is amending certain reporting requirements on Form N-MFP and Form N-CR and making certain conforming changes to Form N-1A to reflect amendments to the regulatory framework for money market funds. In addition, the SEC is addressing how money market funds with stable net asset values may handle a negative interest rate environment, including by adopting amendments that will permit these funds to use share cancellation, subject to certain conditions. Further, the SEC is adopting rule amendments to specify how funds must calculate weighted average maturity and weighted average life. In addition, the SEC is adopting amendments to Form PF concerning the information large liquidity fund advisers must report for the liquidity funds they advise. Finally, the SEC is adopting two technical amendments to Form N-CSR and Form N-1A to correct errors from recent Commission rulemakings.

Per Release No. 33-11216, the SEC is adopting new rules to enhance and standardize disclosures regarding cybersecurity risk management, strategy, governance, and incidents by public companies that are subject to the reporting requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Specifically, the SEC is adopting amendments to require current disclosure about material cybersecurity incidents. The SEC is also adopting rules requiring periodic disclosures about a registrant’s processes to assess, identify, and manage material cybersecurity risks, management’s role in assessing and managing material cybersecurity risks, and the board of directors’ oversight of cybersecurity risks. Lastly, the final rules require the cybersecurity disclosures to be presented in Inline eXtensible Business Reporting Language (“Inline XBRL”).

Proposed Rules

Per Release No. 34-97877, the SEC proposes to amend the broker-dealer customer protection rule to require certain broker-dealers to perform their customer and broker-dealer reserve computations and make any required deposits into their reserve bank accounts daily rather than weekly. The SEC also is seeking comment on whether similar daily reserve computation requirements should apply to broker-dealers and security-based swap dealers with respect to their security-based swap customers.

Comments should be received on or before September 11, 2023.

Per Release No. 34-97990, the SEC is proposing new rules (“proposed conflicts rules”) under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (“Exchange Act”) and the Investment Advisers Act of 1940 (“Advisers Act”) to eliminate, or neutralize the effect of, certain conflicts of interest associated with broker-dealers’ or investment advisers’ interactions with investors through these firms’ use of technologies that optimize for, predict, guide, forecast, or direct investment-related behaviors or outcomes. The SEC is also proposing amendments to rules under the Exchange Act and Advisers Act that would require firms to make and maintain certain records in accordance with the proposed conflicts rules.

The public comment period will remain open until 60 days after the date of publication of the proposing release in the Federal Register.

Per Release No. IA-6354, the SEC is proposing amendments to the rule under the Investment Advisers Act of 1940 that exempts certain investment advisers that provide advisory services through the internet (“internet investment advisers”) from the prohibition on Commission registration, as well as related amendments to Form ADV. The proposed amendments are designed to modernize the rule’s conditions to account for the evolution in technology and the investment advisory industry since the adoption of the rule.

The public comment period will remain open until 60 days after the date of publication of the proposing release in the Federal Register.

Interim Final Rules

There were no interim final rules in July.

Interpretive Releases

There were no interpretive releases in July.

Policy Statements

There were no policy statements in July.


Notices to Members

Notice I-23-14

July 10, 2023

FCM and IB Members—FinCEN updates its list of FATF-identified jurisdictions with AML/CFT deficiencies

On June 29, 2023, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) issued a news release informing U.S. financial institutions of the Financial Action Task Force's (FATF) recent public statement. The statement reiterates that all jurisdictions should be vigilant of current and emerging risks from the circumvention of measures taken against the Russian Federation in order to protect the international financial system. The release also announced that the FATF reissued its list of jurisdictions with strategic AML/CFT deficiencies. NFA Member futures commission merchants (FCM) and introducing brokers (IB) should review this release to ensure that their AML programs have the most current information on FATF-identified jurisdictions with AML/CFT deficiencies and revise their AML programs accordingly. A copy of the news release is available on FinCEN's website.

Notice I-23-15

July 25, 2023

Effective date for repeal of NFA Interpretive Notice regarding reduced NFA assessment fee for diminutive notional value-designated contracts

NFA recently repealed its Interpretive Notice entitled NFA Bylaw 1301(b): NFA's Assessment Fee-Diminutive Notional Value Contracts and Security Futures Products, to eliminate the reduced assessment fee for security futures products (SFP) and diminutive notional value (DNV)-designated contracts. This action becomes effective on January 1, 2024, at which time DNV-designated contracts1 will be subject to the assessment fee under NFA Bylaw 1301. The fee is currently $.04 per round turn. NFA's Board of Directors unanimously approved this repeal after concluding that NFA's regulatory oversight costs are the same for DNV-designated contracts as they are for other exchange traded futures products, and therefore the assessment fee should be the same.

News Releases

There were no NFA news releases in July.

Hot Issue

Broker-dealers and Investment Advisers, particularly FinTech firms, should monitor the SEC’s recent proposed rulemaking around conflicts of interest and predictive data analytics. Although any final rule would likely incorporate some changes resulting from public comments, the rule proposal demonstrates the SEC’s intent to build upon existing regulatory protections to address conflicts of interest from the use of artificial intelligence, predictive data analytics, or similar technologies in investor interactions. Firms that use or plan to use such technologies may want to begin planning for review of its processes for the purposes of identifying and evaluating potential conflicts of interest between the firm and its customers resulting from its use of predictive technologies. Such proactive steps will position firms to better gauge any potential impact to its business operations as the rulemaking proceeds.

Our Perspective

Regulators continue to demonstrate their commitment to protecting investors by aggressively pursuing bad actors and reviewing and updating regulations to guard investors against constantly evolving threats.

The best approach to regulatory compliance is a proactive one. Staying ahead of the curve by taking note of statements and guidance released by regulators and using them as a barometer to assess the current regulatory climate can help ensure that a firm is prepared for a regulatory exam. Rather than scrambling to rectify issues or meet deadlines, a thorough, active compliance program that considers and incorporates regulatory developments is in a better position to satisfy regulators and preserve operations so they can best serve their clients.

For more information, please contact:

Mitch Avnet

p. (646) 346-2468

David Amster

p. (917) 568-6470


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