Brokers and firms should be familiar with the Regulation Best Interest (RBI) plan, implemented by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Firms have until June 30, 2020 to comply with RBI. Here’s a checklist to make sure your firm is compliant.

Brokers who haven’t looked at the checklist may want to take a quick review this month. The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority is conducting RBI “preparedness reviews” in November 2019. Firms that aren’t caught up on RBI don’t have to panic.

“Come July 1, 2020… I suspect we will still not be doing gotcha exams,” said John Polise, associate director of the broker-dealer and exchange program at the SEC’s office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations, according to Financial Advisor IQ. “The point is between now and the effective date, in the course of other examinations, we may very well ask, ‘What are you doing with BI (best interest), what are you thinking about with BI, and how are you thinking about approaching it.”

Polise and other SEC officials say the point of the exams is to make sure firms are compliant. He assures brokers that regulators are not looking to punish during these exams.

Details of what the tests include and how it will be administered are not revealed by Financial Advisor IQ or FINRA’s website. Part of the testing is to make sure FINRA and the SEC’s rules don’t overlap.

“FINRA staff expects to work with SEC staff to ensure consistency in examining broker-dealer and their associated persons for compliance with (RBI),” FINRA wrote on its website. “In addition, FINRA will review FINRA rules to see whether changes are needed to align FINRA rules with the SEC’s rule making. Any proposed changes to FINRA rules will be filed with the SEC for public comment and available on FINRA’s website.”

Luckily for you, the Spencer Law Firm already knows about RBI. Read our post about it here.

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