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The Securities and Exchange Commission has just announced its examination priorities for 2014, which cover a wide range of issues at financial institutions, including investment advisers and investment companies, broker-dealers, clearing agencies, exchanges and other self-regulatory organizations, hedge funds, private equity funds, and transfer agents.
“We are publishing these priorities to highlight areas that we perceive to have heightened risk,” said Andrew J. Bowden, Director of the SEC’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations. “This document, along with our risk alerts and other public statements, help us to increase transparency, strengthen compliance, and inform the public and the financial services industry about key risks that we are monitoring and examining.”
The SEC said that its examination priorities address market-wide issues and those specific to particular business models and organizations. The market-wide priorities include fraud detection and prevention, corporate governance and enterprise risk management, technology controls, issues posed by the convergence of broker-dealer and investment adviser businesses and by new rules and regulations, and retirement investments and rollovers.
Based on program area, the SEC said that its priorities include:
The SEC said that these priorities are not exhaustive and might be adjusted throughout the year in light of “ongoing risk assessment activities.” The SEC also said that these priorities were selected by senior exam staff and managers and other SEC divisions and offices in consultation with the chair and other commissioners, based on a variety of information and risk analytics, including:
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