Archive for Tag: GRC

Apr 14, 2016

Is Greed Still Good? – Implications of the Proposed DOL Fiduciary Rule Change

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Last Wednesday the US Department of Labor (DOL) released a several hundred page ruling that essentially requires investment advisors who advise people on investments for their retirement accounts (IRAs, 401(k) plans, etc.) act in the client’s best interest – or at least to disclose potential conflicts. (You wouldn’t think it would take them hundreds of pages.) The DOL has been working on this since 2010. They did so under their authority for enforcing the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) of 1974, although some believe they have overstepped their bounds and encroached on the SEC’s turf. Nevertheless, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has approved the rule and President Obama endorsed it.

Dec 3, 2015

GRC Keeps Rolling

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The term GRC (Governance, Risk and Compliance) has been around for a while now. Gartner has covered it in one form or another since the early 2000’s. The last decade of regulations – Sarbanes-Oxley, HIPPA, Basel III, Solvency II, regional rules and more – have put unprecedented pressure on corporations, leading to the explosion of GRC solutions. Firms have shifted away from spreadsheets and homegrown solutions to GRC focused software vendors as GRC needs become more complex and involve a wider set of stakeholders. This market maturation brings the potential for a new wave of M&A consolidation as vendors race to…

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