Lloyd S. Harmetz

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Structured Thoughts: News for the financial services community, Volume 7, Issue 1

T+2 Settlement and Structured Notes - Introduction - In December 2015, the “T+2 Industry Steering Committee” published its Implementation Playbook. The Playbook is intended to provide, among other things, a...more

1/18/2016 - Equity Markets FINRA OCIE Regulatory Agenda SEC Structured Finance Structured Financial Products

Structured Thoughts: News for the financial services community, Volume 6, Issue 9

ESMA Final Report on Complex Debt Instruments and Structured Deposits - On 26 November 2015, the European Securities and Markets Authority (“ESMA”) published its Final Report on its “Guidelines on complex debt...more

12/15/2015 - Banking Sector Derivatives DOL ESMA EU EURIBOR Exchange-Traded Products Fiduciary Duty FINRA MiFID II Regulatory Agenda SEC Structured Finance

Investment Management Legal + Regulatory Update - November 2015

Regulation - OCIE Cautions Advisers on Outsourcing Compliance Activities: In a Risk Alert dated November 9, 2015, the SEC’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) said it found that outsourced...more

11/18/2015 - AIFMD Anti-Money Laundering CFTC Compliance Cybersecurity Enforcement Actions FINRA Investment Management Investor Protection OCIE Outsourcing SEC Swap Dealers Swing Pricing Volcker Rule

Structured Thoughts: News for the financial services community, Volume 6, Issue 7

Structured Products Offerings and Research Reports: Introduction - Structured products are sold by broker-dealers, many of which are affiliates of large investment banks. The equity research group of the same...more

11/6/2015 - Binary Options Broker-Dealer Disclosure Requirements Equity Research Rule ETNs FINRA Global Systemically Important Financial Institutions (GSIFI) License Agreements Offerings Sanctions SEC Structured Financial Products Websites

Cybersecurity, Round 2: OCIE Announces Areas of Focus for Cybersecurity Examinations

On September 15, 2015, OCIE issued a risk alert relating to its new cybersecurity examination initiative. This is the second round of these examinations, and the alert provides a detailed look at OCIE’s current areas of...more

9/17/2015 - Broker-Dealer Cyber Incident Reporting Cyber Threats Cybersecurity Data Privacy Data Protection Data Security FINRA Hackers Investment Adviser OCIE Risk Alert Risk Management SEC SEC Examination Priorities Third-Party Training

Structured Thoughts: News for the financial services community, Volume 6, Issue 5

OCIE Issues Risk Alert Relating to Structured Note Sales - Earlier this year, the SEC’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (the “OCIE”) indicated branch offices and structured products as two of its...more

9/1/2015 - Broker-Dealer Compensation Standards Derivatives EDGAR ESA EU Financial Institutions FINRA Internal Communications IRS Loss Contingencies NASD OCIE Risk Alert Risk Management SEC Structured Finance Training UK Underwriting

Structured Thoughts: News for the financial services community, Volume 6, Issue 3

In This Issue: - The National Senior Investor Initiative - SEC Commissioner Addresses Structured Notes - The SEC Defines “Voting Equity Securities” Under the Rule 506(d) Bad Actor Disqualification...more

5/4/2015 - Elder Abuse Elder Issues Financial Institutions FINRA OCIE Rule 506(d) SEC Structured Financial Products

Structured Thoughts - Volume 6 , Issue 2 - March 2015

In This Issue: - FCA Publishes Thematic Review on Structured Product Development and Governance - EU Commission Review of Prospectus Directive - SEC Issues Investor Bulletin Relating to Structured Notes -...more

3/16/2015 - Canada EU European Commission False Claims Act (FCA) Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) FINRA Prospectus SEC Structured Financial Products Toronto Stock Exchange

SEC Proposes Amendments to Registration Requirements

In December 2014, the SEC proposed amendments to revise the rules related to the thresholds for registration, termination of registration, and suspension of reporting under Section 12(g) of the Exchange Act. These proposals...more

1/2/2015 - Bank Holding Company Banks JOBS Act Proposed Amendments Registration SEC

Structured Thoughts: News for the financial services community, Volume 5, Issue 9

In This Issue: - What to Expect in 2015 - EU Regulatory Agenda: Into 2015 - FINRA Issues Report Relating to its Communication Rules - Structured Product Offerings and RIAs - The SEC, Investment Funds and...more

12/24/2014 - Banking Sector Banks Derivatives EU Financial Institutions Financial Regulatory Reform FINRA Investment Adviser Investment Funds SEC Structured Financial Products

Structured Thoughts: Volume 5, Issue 8 - December 2014

In This Issue: - Key Regulators Speak at Structured Products Conference - FINRA Shows Its CARDS; It Will Use Big Data to Review Suitability of Complex Products Sales - FINRA’s Proposed Bond Mark-up...more

12/2/2014 - Advertising Big Data Broker-Dealer CARDS Disclosure Requirements Exchange-Traded Products FINRA Regulatory Agenda Regulatory Standards SEC Structured Financial Products

Structured Thoughts: Volume 5, Issue 7 - November 11, 2014

In This Issue: - Index Changes and Successor Indices: Avoiding Delisting From The NYSE Arca - EU PRIIPS Regulation Expected to Come Into Force - UK Review of the Fixed Income, Currency and Commodities...more

11/12/2014 - ETNs EU Financial Regulatory Reform FINRA NYSE SEC Structured Financial Products UK

Structured Thoughts: Volume 5, Issue 4 - May 30, 2014

In This Issue: - No More KIDding Around: European Parliament Approves PRIIPs Regulation - FINRA Amends Rule 5110 to Exempt Certain Collective Investment Vehicles from Its Filing Requirements - The Time for the...more

7/15/2014 - Compliance EU Financial Regulatory Reform FINRA Foreign Investment Investors SEC

Structured Thoughts: Volume 5, Issue 5 - June 25, 2014

In This Issue: - The 1996 Morgan Stanley Letter: Re-imagined at the Age of 18 - Structured CDs – Goodbye Regulation DD, Hello Regulation DD - FCA Issues Fine in Relation to Structured Product...more

6/26/2014 - Banks Disclosure Requirements EDGAR ESMA Financial Products IPO Morgan Stanley Public Disclosure Regulation D SEC Securities Truth in Savings Act

SEC Approves Amendments to FINRA’s Corporate Financing Rule

Broader Availability of Termination Fees and Rights of First Refusal - Elimination of Filing for Certain ETFs: In May 2014, the SEC approved FINRA’s proposed amendments to Rule 5110, commonly called the...more

5/21/2014 - Compliance Corporate Financing Corporate Financing Rule ETFs FINRA SEC

Structured Thoughts: Volume 5, Issue 3 - April 9, 2014

In This Issue: - The SEC Issues Its Long-Awaited Sweep Letter on ETNs - FINRA Proposes Amendments to Communication Rules – Relief from Filing for Certain FWPs - Comprehensive Surveillance Sharing Agreements -...more

4/10/2014 - Banks Broker-Dealer Compliance ETNs FINRA Foreign Banks Proposed Amendments SEC Surveillance

SEC Revises Guidance on Granting WKSI Waiver

On March 12, 2014, the SEC’s Division of Corporate Finance updated its guidance regarding requests for waivers by well-known seasoned issuers (“WKSIs”) that would otherwise become ineligible issuers under Rule 405 of the...more

3/26/2014 - SEC Securities Exchange Act Waivers WKSIs

Structured Thoughts: Volume 5, Issue 2 - February 20, 2014

In This Issue: Opinions and Warnings – ESMA’s Views on Complex Products; SEC Releases Draft Strategic Plan; Distributing Structured Notes from a Regulation S Platform; and Non-U.S. Equity Underliers and Exchange Rate...more

2/21/2014 - Complex Financial Products Compliance ESMA EU Financial Regulatory Reform SEC

Structured Thoughts: News for the financial services community, Volume 5, Issue 1 -- January 7, 2014

In This Issue: “Structured Products, Meet the Volcker Rule”: The New Limitations on Proprietary Trading; SEC and FINRA Personnel Speak at Structured Products Conference; FINRA’s Annual Regulatory and Examination...more

1/8/2014 - Banks Enforcement FINRA IOSCO Proprietary Trading SEC Structured Financial Products Volcker Rule

Structured Thoughts -- Volume 4, Issue 14 -- December 2, 2013

In This Issue: Launching an Exempt Structured Products Program in the United States: Issues for Non-U.S. Banks to Consider; “Big-Boy Letters” Revisited: Pharos Decision Upheld by the Sixth Circuit.; SEC Addresses...more

12/3/2013 - Banks Big-Boy Letters CPO Disclosure Requirements Dodd-Frank EMIR EU Fiduciary Duty FINRA Foreign Banks LinkedIn MiFID Misrepresentation Nasdaq OCC Regulation D Rule 144A SEC Securities Act of 1933

Tax Talk -- Volume 6, No. 2 -- July 2013

In This Issue: IRS Leaves Potential REIT Conversions Hanging; IRS Proposes to Relax Wash Sale Rules for Floating NAV Money Market Fund Share Redemptions; IRS Confirms Mexican Land Trust Is Not Trust Under U.S. Tax Law;...more

7/23/2013 - Consumer Bankruptcy Conversion FATCA IGAs Income Taxes IRS Money Market Funds NAV REIT S-Corporation SEC Wash Sale Rules Wash Trades

Structured Thoughts -- Volume 4, Issue 9 -- June 17, 2013

In This Issue: UK’s FCA Restricts Marketing of Unregulated Collective Investment Schemes and Similar Products to Retail Investors; Electronic Structured Note Systems and U.S. Securities Regulation; and Reminders from...more

6/18/2013 - Brokers False Claims Act (FCA) Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) Financial Services Authority FINRA Investors SEC Structured Financial Products Term Sheets UCITS

Structured Thoughts -- Volume 4, Issue 8 -- May 15, 2013

In This Issue: Due Diligence Procedures for Structured Note Distributors; Key Issues for Yankee CDs; The SEC and FINRA: Protect Your Elders; The FSOC’s 2013 Annual Report: Increasing Exchange-Traded Product Activity;...more

5/16/2013 - Broker-Dealer Due Diligence Elder Issues FINRA FSOC SEC Structured Financial Products

Structured Thoughts -- Volume 4, Issue 4 -- February 28, 2013

In This Issue: Additional SEC Guidance on Estimated Value Disclosures; 2013 OCIE Examination Priorities Have Implications for Structured Products Issuers and Dealers; EITF and the Federal Funds Rate; and FDIC Proposes to...more

3/1/2013 - Estimated Value Disclosures OCIE Prioritized Examination SEC Structured Financial Products

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