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Sep
24
We love regulation!

We love regulation! We owe our success to the regulatory environment in the financial services industry. From a selfish standpoint, we can say that we enjoy regulations. Similar to the way doctors love the flu and dentists love cavities, we are happy that we have a raison d'être.


Now that I have been associated directly or indirectly with the financial services industry for over five decades, I have come to the realization that while I value regulation, I really hate some of the regulations. I don’t hate all regulation since I recognize that at least some regulation is necessary. On the other hand, I recognize that the current regulatory environment in the securities industry is s...


Sep
11
With a handshake

By Peggy E. Chait


40 years ago, when I started working in this illustrious industry, we call Wall Street, much of what was agreed upon was done with a handshake. A person’s word was his or her word, and “just and equitable principles of trade” as espoused in FINRA Rule 2010, were understood and confirmed through the extension of a hand. Trust existed between client and professional and the number of rules that existed to “guide” the behavior of the professional was limited. Trust existed between professionals as well. For some reason, written agreements between Broker-Dealers were concise, and made their point without pages and pages of representations and warran...


Jul
02
Comment Letter Regarding Regulatory Notice 20-04 Capital Acquisition Brokers

Please follow the link below to download our comment letter.


Regulatory Notice 20-04 Capital Acquisition Brokers


Jul
01
May
25
Is Congress more relevant than ratings?

In 2013, the SEC adopted amendments to the net capital rule that eliminated references to credit ratings that had previously applied to non-exotic debt securities such as high grade corporate debt and commercial paper that have a ready market.


Broker-dealers were supposed to either use a 15% haircut for their portfolios of these items or to have procedures in place to determine whether they have minimal credit risk. We can’t blame the SEC for changing the rules as they had little choice but to comply with the law. The changes were dictated by the politicians in Congress that passed the Dodd-Frank Act. That Act was a reaction or an over-reaction to abuses in the credit ratings industry. ...


May
01
Regulation BI, is your Firm ready?

Regulation Best Interest (or "Reg BI") is an SEC mandate that every broker/dealer and investment adviser should understand. Form CRS must be provided to all natural persons who are investors/customers of Broker/Dealers and Investment Advisers. The following link will provide you with additional information should you wish to explore it further: https://www.sec.gov/rules/final/2019/34-86031.pdf


As of June 30, 2020, all broker-dealers and investment advisers should have policies and procedures in place to comply with SEC Rule 15l-1 which covers "Regulation Best Interest" or “Reg. BI”. Unlike FINRA's "Suitability" rule (FINRA Rule 2111), which applies only to “retail investors&...


Apr
08
Small Firm Relief Regarding Annual Assessments

FINRA recognizes the current economic turbulence the spread of COVID-19 has caused small firms, in particular. With that in mind, FINRA is providing temporary relief for small firms with respect to 2020 Gross Income Statements and Personal Assessments (Annual Assessments).

Generally, payment of Annual Assessments is due in full within 30 days of receipt or in four quarterly installments. In 2020, FINRA is permitting small firms—identified under the FINRA By-Laws as having no more than 150 registered persons—to treat 2020 Annual Assessments as billed as of August 1, 2020, rather than as due upon receipt in April. Further, small firms that choose to do so will be allowed to pay 5...


Jan
01
Integrated Investment Solutions Receives its Annual System and Organization Controls (SOC) 1 Type 2 Report

Integrated Investment Solutions, an independent alternative investment fund administrator and a business unit of Integrated Solutions℠, is once again pleased to announce the successful completion of its Fund Accounting, Administration, and Investor Services System and Organization Controls (SOC) 1 Type 2 Report for the period October 1, 2018, to September 30, 2019.


Integrated Investment Solutions is comprised of highly trained professionals who are committed to complying with all regulations governing our industry and upholding the integrity of client information. Our professionalism and commitment to the standards of control in accordance with Statement on Standards for Attestation Engagemen...


Jan
09
Integrated Investment Solutions Receives its First Annual System and Organization Controls (SOC) 1 Type 2 Report

Integrated Investment Solutions, an independent alternative investment fund administrator and a business unit of Integrated Solutions℠, today announced the successful completion of its Fund Accounting, Administration, and Investor Services System and Organization Controls (SOC) 1 Type 2 Report for the period January 1, 2018, to September 30, 2018.


Integrated Investment Solutions is comprised of highly trained professionals who are committed to complying with all regulations governing our industry and upholding the integrity of client information. Our professionalism and commitment to the standards of control in accordance with Statement on Standards for Attestation Engagements No. 18 issued b...


Apr
04
Integrated Solutions Sponsors the Crypto Currency Forum

Integrated Solutions is sponsoring the Crypto Currency Forum to be held in New York on April 18, 2018. The Crypto Currency Forum was started to provide a venue where professionals who have an interest in Crypto Currencies and Block Chain technology can exchange ideas and find out the latest innovations in the rapidly evolving crypto world. We are proud to be part of this event. For additional information about this event please follow the link below.


https://cryptocurrencyfm.com/


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