Custom Risk Management Services for RIAs & Broker Dealers
With FactRight’s risk management consulting service, Gail Schneck and Jacob Heidkamp provide client-focused due diligence, product recommendations, and educational tools to help you identify alternative investments that align with your risk profile. FactRight also acts as your advocate, discussing concerns with product sponsors and when possible, encouraging changes in product terms.
Our Services Include:
- Investment committee reports with custom platform recommendations
- Investment committee presentations
- Ongoing monitoring of publicly-registered programs on your platform
- Product training
- Other custom due diligence services
Recent Blogs from FactRight
- FINRA Regulatory Notice 23-08: Building on Regulatory Notice 10-22 to Develop More Robust Due Diligence of Private Placement Offeringsby firstname.lastname@example.org (Jacob Heidkamp) on June 28, 2023 at 6:26 pm
FINRA recently released Regulatory Notice 23-08, which provides a reminder to FINRA members of their reasonable investigation obligations when selling private placement investments to their clients under Regulation D. The Regulatory Notice marks FINRA’s first substantial discussion of due diligence related to private offerings since Regulatory Notice 10-22, which was released in April 2010, and forms a crucial part of the foundation of broker-dealer due diligence practices in satisfying their reasonable investigation requirements for offering private placement investment opportunities for their clients. While Regulatory Notice 23-08 does not create new legal or regulatory requirements or new interpretations of existing regulations, the notice does identify areas for consideration and focus for FINRA members in establishing new or modifying existing practices, based on certain observations and examples that FINRA has included in the Regulatory Notice 23-08. In this blog, we will explore some of these areas of focus and some practical steps broker-dealers can take to enhance their due diligence practices based on areas identified in Regulatory Notice 23-08.
- Not All Units Are Created Equal in Broker-Dealer and RIA-Distributed Investment Programsby email@example.com (Gail Schneck) on June 13, 2023 at 3:44 pm
This blog looks at what unit pricing in an investment program offering means to your investors and how to determine whether such pricing treats all investors “fairly.”
- Due Diligence Considerations: the Continuum from Conflicts of Interest to Alignment of Interestsby Julie Olsen on February 22, 2023 at 6:39 pm
Alternative investments programs involve many conflicts of interest, and offering documents often have an entire risk disclosure section dedicated to this issue. But not all conflicts are the same and vary by product and sponsor. Assessing conflicts really come down to two central questions:
- Lapses in Due Diligence and the Collapse of FTX: How Could so Many Have Missed so Much?by Jeff.B@factright.com (Jeff Baumgartner) on December 13, 2022 at 9:16 pm
By now, you may be generally familiar with the recent collapse of FTX, and some of the reasons for its failures are obvious. But by examining FTX side-by-side with perhaps the most infamous investment fraud ever perpetrated, we can discover some keys as to why lapses in due diligence may never be a thing of the past. These two epic failures bear little factual resemblance to one another at first glance, but this post will look more closely at the more transcendent lessons they hold.
- All Preferred Shares Not Created Equal – Why FactRight Incorporates Scenario Analysis in our Analysis of Preferred Securitiesby firstname.lastname@example.org (Kevin Kirkeby) on November 30, 2022 at 9:21 pm
It should come as no surprise that the old investment adage about getting what you pay for holds true for preferred stock, too. Despite often being pitched as a bond alternative, especially lately, there are multiple factors beyond dividend yield to consider. Among the features, an investor needs to understand are the liquidity provisions, dividend policy, and preferred shareholder rights. Sponsors tend to get irritable when FactRight stress tests their pro forma model or highlights weak investor protections, dismissing the concerns as implicating scenarios highly unlikely to ever occur. However, sometimes the unlikely or improbable does occur. This post will focus on a real scenario involving several preferred securities that underscores the need for due diligence in these areas.
- Evaluating Alternative Investments - Is Chasing Yield Really Worth It?by email@example.com (Gail Schneck) on August 25, 2021 at 4:59 pm
In today’s low interest rate environment, the search for yield is driving an increasing number of investment decisions. However, higher yield options are somewhat limited in more liquid investments, such as rated bonds or stabilized stocks or mutual funds, causing investors to seek out other avenues to achieve their income goals. Alternative investments are increasingly filling this need in today’s portfolio construction. However, such products are often selected based on quoted yield without taking into account the underlying risk-return tradeoff. The alternative investment industry may have lost track of appropriate compensation for the risk investors are assuming since stated yield often sells itself.
- Top Five Attributes of a Successful Alternative Investment Sponsorby firstname.lastname@example.org (Kemp H. Hanley) on June 23, 2021 at 5:07 pm
During my tenure at FactRight, we have conducted operational due diligence on more than 150 alternative investment sponsors. Some have been very large, some very small, and many in between. I consider myself very fortunate because I enjoy the work. I enjoy getting to know the people, learning about their experience, about their investment process and how they envision growing their business. Some of the due diligence process is inevitably tedious, and to a certain degree repetitive, but ultimately no two companies are alike and that is what makes it always interesting.
- Private Placement Due Diligence: Your Guide to 506(b) vs. 506(c)by Kate@FactRight.com (Kate Stephany) on May 12, 2021 at 5:30 pm
If you are thinking about putting an investor in a private placement one of the first questions you should ask is:
- What's in FINRA's 2021 Examination and Risk Monitoring Program Report That Could Impact Your Firm's Private Placement Offerings?by email@example.com (Lynn Lawson) on April 28, 2021 at 8:41 pm
Lynn Lawson, Esq. is the founder of Advertising Regulatory Consulting, LLC, which provides advertising and marketing guidance to broker-dealers, registered investment advisors, product sponsors, and financial services industry associations. Prior to starting Advertising Regulatory Consulting, Ms. Lawson served as a manager in FINRA’s Advertising Regulation Department for 22 years. Ms. Lawson has advised product sponsors that FactRight has covered, and given her experience at FINRA, we believe she can be a valuable regulatory resource for product sponsors and wealth managers who are distributing alternative investments.
- Key Due Diligence Considerations for UPREIT Exit Transactions for 1031 DST Programsby firstname.lastname@example.org (Brandon Raatikka) on April 15, 2021 at 6:00 pm
Many sponsors of DST programs are including section 721 UPREIT options in their potential exit strategies. Several factors are likely contributing to this evolution.