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30: Member Relations & Education: Making Regulation Smarter

As a self-regulatory organization, FINRA is uniquely positioned to gain meaningful insights from its members to ensure FINRA’s regulatory programs are working for everyone. Tasked with maintaining that relationship and keeping an open dialogue is FINRA’s Office of Member Relations and Education. On this episode, we learn how.


29: CRD Transformation: Enhancing the Registration & Disclosure Process

Twenty years after its last major update, FINRA’s Central Registration and Depository (CRD) system, the backbone of BrokerCheck, is getting a facelift. On this episode of FINRA Unscripted, we hear what users can expect from the multi-year CRD transformation process.


28: A Look at the FINRA Institute at Georgetown CRCP Program

Looking to give your career a shot of the arm? Want understand not just the current regulatory landscape, but also the regulatory trajectory and where things are going? Tune into this episode of FINRA Unscripted to learn what makes the FINRA Institute at Georgetown CRCP program a can’t-miss opportunity.


27: The Future of RegTech: The Challenges and Opportunities

RegTech tools can present both tremendous opportunity and tremendous challenges to for firms and regulators alike. They can also pose some interesting philosophical questions when it comes to their implementation. On this episode, we hear three unique perspectives on these opportunities and challenges from regulators from the U.K., the states and FINRA.


26: The Annual Priorities Letter: A Fresh Take

The Annual FINRA Priorities Letter is a great resource for firms looking to improve their compliance, supervisory and risk management programs. But the 2019 Letter is a little different. Tune into this episode of FINRA Unscripted to learn more about the changes to the letter and to drill into a few key topics.


25: Behind the Scenes: FINRA's Board of Governors

Academics, economists, CEOs. FINRA’s Board of Governors is made up of a diverse group of individuals with diverse perspectives—a must for a group responsible for overseeing a complex organization such as FINRA. Learn more about the composition and responsibilities of the Board of Governors on this episode of FINRA Unscripted.


24: Bits & Bytes: A Look at Effective Cybersecurity Practices

Cybersecurity is a major challenge for everyone – but it can be a particularly big challenge for those in the financial industry. That’s why FINRA released a new report highlighting effective cybersecurity practices for FINRA member firms. Learn more in this episode of FINRA Unscripted.


23: Insider Trading: Finding the Needle in the Haystack

More than 15,000 different stocks, options and bonds trade every day across millions of transactions. When it comes to detecting insider trading, it really is like finding a needle in a haystack. But that’s exactly what Sam Draddy and his team in the Office of Fraud Detection and Market Intelligence group do. Learn how in this episode of FINRA Unscripted.


22: Millennials and Money: How to Get Started on the Road to Investing

Contrary to popular belief, many millennials aren’t too keen on robo-advisors and would actually prefer to work with a professional—but don’t feel confident enough to know where to begin. In this episode, Gerri Walsh and Gary Mottola of the FINRA Foundation rejoin us to turn some of the myths from “Uncertain Futures: Seven Myths about Millennials and Investing” into actionable information.


21: Member Supervision: Introducing Bari Havlik and the Exam Program Transformation

When Bari Havlik joined FINRA as Executive Vice President of the newly named Member Supervision team, she did so with big plans for the examination and risk monitoring programs. In this episode, Bari shares her vision for the future and how her background in compliance has shaped her views.


20: Cybersecurity Awareness Month: Stay Connected and Protected

In an era when much of our lives happen online, cybersecurity is more important than ever. But what do you do to protect your personal information? We all have a role to play in keeping ourselves secure. This National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, tune in to learn more about how you can keep yourself, your family and your clients safe online.


19: Debunked: 7 Myths about Millennials—the Underinvested Generation

Millennials are on the cusp of surpassing Baby Boomers as the largest adult generation in America, yet they remain substantially under-invested. The FINRA Foundation and CFA Institute teamed up to investigate why. Today, Gerri Walsh and Gary Mottola join us to discuss their recent report, "Uncertain Futures: Seven Myths about Millennials and Investing," and uncover the misconceptions and roadblocks millennials face in their path to becoming investors.


18: The New SIE Exam: Opening Doors to the Securities Industry

Looking to break into the financial services industry? It is about to get easier. On October 1, 2018, FINRA will launch the Securities Industry Essential (SIE) exam, a new exam that will test concepts fundamental to the securities industry. And you don’t have to be associated with a financial firm to take it! Today, we are joined by John Kalohn, FINRA’s Vice President of Testing & Continuing Education, whose insights might just help you ace the SIE exam.


17: Sharing Data and Strengthening Compliance

In episode 13, we sat down with Tom Gira and learned how his team use machine learning to sift through billions of market events each day to detect misconduct. But FINRA isn’t just keeping that data for itself, it is sharing it with financial firms to strengthen regulatory compliance across the industry. Today, Gira joins us once again to share how his team is using the data to foster fairer markets.


16: How FINRA Rules Get Made (And Reviewed)

An economist and a lawyer walk into a room. This isn’t the start of a bad joke, it’s an integral part of FINRA’s rule making process. At FINRA, economists and lawyers work closely together to ensure that FINRA’s rules are as effective and as tailored as possible. In this episode, Phil Shaikun from FINRA’s Office of General Counsel, and Jonathan Sokobin, FINRA’s Chief Economist, explain how the process works.


15: Fintech, Regtech & Suptech: Keeping Up with Industry Innovations

How are financial regulators keeping up with the newest fintech developments and predicting their impact on the financial industry? Last year, FINRA launched the Innovation Outreach Initiative to address this very issues. In this episode, Haime Workie and Kavita Jain talk about the initiative itself and share their insights on the fintech innovations that are driving market activity around the world.


14: Enforcement Guiding Principles

What are the principles that guide FINRA’s decision making when it comes to taking Enforcement action? That’s the question that’s been on the mind of FINRA’s head of Enforcement, Susan Schroeder, since she took on the role in mid-2017. In this episode, Susan rejoins us to discuss how getting back to basics is helping her build a more effective Enforcement team.


13: How the Cloud and Machine Learning Have Transformed Market Surveillance

In episode 12 we sat down with Steve Randich and learned how the cloud provides FINRA with the storage space and computing power to process up to 101 billion market events in a single day. Today, we sit down with FINRA’s head of Market Regulation and Transparency Services, Tom Gira, to hear how the cloud and machine learning enable his team to more efficiently and effectively sift through this massive amount of data to detect misconduct.


12: How the Cloud Has Revolutionized FINRA Technology

FINRA now has more than 30 petabytes of data in the cloud—to put that into the context of MP3 music files that would be about 60 million years of easy listening. In this episode, FINRA’s Chief Information Officer Steve Randich joins us to discuss how the use of the cloud has fundamentally changed FINRA’s technology strategy.


11: What is FINRA’s Dispute Resolution Forum?

What is FINRA’s Dispute Resolution forum? How might I end up with a case in arbitration or mediation? What does the process look like? FINRA’s Head of Dispute Resolution, Rick Berry, answers these questions and more in this episode of FINRA Unscripted.