There are any number of webinars out there on preparing for the post-COVID regulatory inquiry world. DCM wanted to add a little emphasis to the message being sent. One of the simplest and best places we have found to look is the May 28, 2020 guidance issued by FINRA. For those in the commodity space, FINRA is the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority in the US - it is the self regulatory authority ("SRO") for the New York Stock Exchange (formerly the NASD). The piece was only four pages and while focused on some of the regulatory requirements for registered entities, it still has a number of interesting points. Also, the SROs in the US are an avenue for insight into what the regulators are thinking and, frequently, meeting the SRO guidance is a big step up towards meeting regulator expectations.
There were a number of things in particular that seemed good to document if you have undertaken them or to have staff document if they were supposed to take actions. These are:
In sum, this guidance indicates that FINRA doesn't think "supervision as normal" is appropriate in the COVID relote working environment. The simple question is whether a firm has assumed its pre-COVID supervision environment is adequate in the COVID environment. FINRA Is letting you know they don't think that is correct.
You can find the FINRA guidance here
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