Compliance & Regulatory Updates

Act Now – FINOP Changes Required October 1st

FINRA is changing its registration requirements for Chief Financial Officers (CFOs) and Chief Operating Officers (COOs).  The new registration rules take effect October 1, 2018. It is more than just a title change.  The requirement for certain firms to have a CFO/COO (requiring Series 27/28 licensing) is being applied to ALL firms, and the registration… READ MORE

FINRA Registration Reset

Last October, the SEC approved sweeping, new FINRA registration rules that consolidated and restricted existing NASD and NYSE registration rules.  The rules affected are FINRA Rules 1210, 1220, 1230, and 1240. The rules are effective October 1, 2018.  Over the next few weeks, Oyster will post blogs on the following topics to help you understand… READ MORE

Digital Assets – The Future of the Financial Services Industry

  Are your clients asking about Bitcoin and other digital assets? Do you want to add digital assets to your business model? Are you wondering how blockchain technology is changing the face of the financial services industry?   If you answered YES to any of these questions, watch Oyster’s latest webinar:     In this… READ MORE

Bermuda Moving to Become Fintech Jurisdiction of Choice

Bermuda’s regulatory framework for digital assets, ICOs and virtual currencies As the digital asset and blockchain industries continue to gain ground among investors, brokers and exchanges, the island is hoping to capitalize on the new market.  Bermuda’s government has taken steps to strengthen its regulatory regime, making it a selling point for fintech companies thinking of… READ MORE

The Custody Dilemma for Digital Assets

There are many questions that must be answered to understand the risks for broker-dealers and investment advisors who are considering a business mix that includes digital assets. Examples that hit at the core of how firms operate are custody for investment advisors and a similar topic of possession and control for broker-dealers. Unfortunately, for those… READ MORE