A major focus of asset managers continues to be environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors. In response to investor and regulatory demands, ESG considerations and related-disclosures figure more prominently in investment strategies and investment vehicles. To help you make sense of it all attend ESG Considerations for Asset Managers.
The SEC’s Division of Examinations recently released its Examinations Priorities 2023 report. In fiscal year 2022, they examined approximately 15% of the registered investment adviser population, and over 360 broker-dealers examinations, and, together with FINRA, they examined nearly half of the approximately 3,500 registered broker-dealers in fiscal year 2022. They continue to focus on their “four pillars”: (1) promote compliance; (2) prevent fraud; (3) monitor risk; and (4) inform policy.
ACA’s take on the priorities can be found here.
Section 4(g) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (Exchange Act), 15 U.S.C. § 78d(g), requires the Investor Advocate to file two reports per year with the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs of the Senate and the Committee on Financial Services of the House of Representatives. A Report on Objectives is due no later than June 30 of each year, and its purpose is to set forth the objectives of the Investor Advocate for the following fiscal year. This report contains a summary of the Investor Advocate’s primary objectives for Fiscal Year 2024, beginning October 1, 2023. A Report on Activities is due no later than December 31 of each year, and it describes the activities of the Investor Advocate during the preceding fiscal year. For Fiscal Year 2023, the activities and accomplishments of the Office will be reported not later than December 31, 2023. Here is a link to the FY24 Report on Objectives