Resources/ Updates - April 2013

The SDDco Client Update

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TRACE Data Delivery Options

(Rule 7730 Amended) FINRA added two new data delivery options related to TRACE (Trace Reporting and Compliance Engine). Here’s a quick comparison of TRACE data delivery systems, the old and the new: New TRACE Data Delivery Plus: TRACE docs on demand older than 30 calendar days and up to 2 years prior Daily automatic delivery

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SEC 2013 Exam Focus for Broker-Dealers

The National Examination Program (“NEP”) of the SEC shared its exam priorities for 2013.   Last month SDDCO boiled down NEP’s exam focus for advisers.  This month we did so for brokerage firms. The Broker-Dealer Program (“BD Program”) manages the exam process for BDs, customer accounts, branch offices, and registered reps.  It IDs issues and firms

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The Gross Income Assessment (GIA) rebate that reduced a firm’s annual assessment by $1,200 expired in 2012.  FINRA’s five-year rebate followed the merge of NASD with certain NYSE functions to minimize the impact of the tiered fee structure. All other calculations for 2013 remain in effect, including minimum assessment of $1,200 on annual gross revenue

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Foreign Broker-Dealer Business

On 3-21-13, the Staff of the SEC Division of Trading and Markets shared their replies to questions regarding foreign broker-dealer (“FBD”) activities. Backstory: FBDs can engage in limited activities with US investors if they abide Rule 15a-6 (the “Rule’) under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (the “Act”). The “Rule”, adopted 1989, gives US institutional

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CMA Limited Fee Waiver

(Regulatory Notice 13-11) FINRA’s new process for waiving CMA fees related to less significant changes: Effective immediately, FINRA will waive the requisite continuing membership application (CMA) fee where FINRA determines that a CMA is proposing less significant changes not requiring substantial staff review. See Full Notice 13-11 for examples of qualifying changes. FINRA’s new process

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SDDco specializes
in two industries.

Our know-how and our network supports the financial services & tech industries.

We hold the right training and licensures to keep you in step and mitigate risk.

Our Credentials


SDDco supports
industry leaders.

We oversee back office functions so you can focus on your own clients.

Major banks, private funds, RIAs, BDs, and tech startups choose us.

Our Clients


SDDco is as good
as its great people.

Our CPAs, FinOps and
consultants are licensed,
experienced professionals.

Partner with us for start-ups and for ongoing accounting, compliance and tax work.

Our People


SDDco performs
services onsite.

Outsourced support with
SDDco isn’t out of sight.

We work in your space and for your team on a regular basis. Engage the expertise without the fulltime hire.

Our Praises


SDDco observes
AICPA principles.

Our inaugural firm began
when two CPAs opened
a NYC office back in 1952.

We faithfully maintain the CPA standards: integrity, competency, confidentiality….

Our Group