Expert Panel - Stockbrokerage and Investment Banking 


    About the Expert Panel
    The Stockbrokerage and Investment Banking Expert Panel serves the needs of AICPA members on financial and business reporting and audit and attest matters. The expert panel protects the public interest by bringing together knowledgeable parties in the stockbrokerage and investment banking industry to deliberate and come to agreement on key stockbrokerage and investment banking issues.
    Industry News and Resources

    The PCAOB announced the dates for 2014 forums on auditing smaller broker-dealers. To learn more about these forums, view dates and locations, and register, click here.

    In July 2013, the SEC issued two final rules that affect broker-dealers registered with the SEC and their auditors. One rule adopts amendments that would increase protections for investors whose cash and securities are held by broker-dealers registered with the SEC. This amendment to SEC Rule 17a-5 require, in part, that the audits of broker-dealers' financial statements and supplemental information, as well as the auditor's examination of the compliance report or the auditor's review of the examination report, be conducted in accordance with PCAOB standards for fiscal years ending on or after June 1, 2014.

    The second rule adopts amendments to the net capital, consumer protection, books and records, and for broker-dealers.

    The staff for the SEC Division of Trading and Markets recently issued staff guidance (in the form of FAQs) in connection with these rules. To read FAQs about the amendments to Rule 17a-5 and Form Custody, click here. For FAQs concerning certain broker-dealer financial responsibility rules, click here. Other FAQs published by the staff of SEC Division of Trading and Markets are available here.

    In October 2013, the PCAOB adopted two attestation standards pertaining to audits of brokers and dealers and an auditing standard, which is applicable when auditors are engaged to perform audit procedures and report on supplemental information that broker-dealers and others file with the SEC. These standards are effective for fiscal years ending on or after June 1, 2014.

    In August 2011, the SEC approved a rule, adopting an interim inspection program related to audits of broker-dealers. Under the interim inspection program, the PCAOB inspects audit engagements of all types of broker-dealers. The “Second Report on the Progress of the Interim Inspection Program Related to Audits of Brokers and Dealers,” was released on August 19, 2013, and states that the PCAOB currently anticipates presenting a rule proposal for a permanent inspection program in 2014 or later. Until a permanent inspection program is in place, audits of issuer and non-issuer broker dealers will remain subject to inspection under the PCAOB Interim Inspection Program. Additionally, audits of non-issuer broker dealers will remain subject to peer review under the AICPA Peer Review Standards until such time that the AICPA Peer Review Board votes to exclude them from the scope of the Standards. Peer reviewers are regularly identifying audits where the firm failed to comply with SEC independence rules by preparing the firm’s financial statements, which is consistent with the PCAOB interim inspection program findings. Read more on this topic and other peer review implications for broker dealers engagements.

    The SEC Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations announced its 2014 examination priorities for investment advisers and investment companies, broker-dealers, clearing agencies, exchanges and other self-regulatory organizations, hedge funds, private equity funds, and transfer agents.

    Audits of Futures Commission Merchants (FCMs)

    In November 2013, the CFTC approved a final rule on enhancing customer protections, which, in part, will require audits of futures commission merchants (FCMs) to be performed in accordance with PCAOB standards by a PCAOB-registered firm that “must have undergone a PCAOB inspection”. Find out more.

    Expert Panel Projects

    Members of the Expert Panel recently presented a live webinar “Broker-Dealer Update”, covering final amendments to SEC Rules 17a-5 and 17a-11 and new PCAOB attestation and auditing supplemental information standards for broker-dealer audits. Presentation slides are available.

    The AICPA Stockbrokerage and Investment Banking Expert Panel develops several publications to assist practitioners.

    Currently, the Panel has developed an example of an illustrative independent accountants' report on applying agreed-upon procedures related to the entity's claim for exclusion from membership in SIPC (Form SIPC-3), which is currently being reviewed by the specified parties. Once all parties have agreed, an illustrative example of such report will be posted here.


    AICPA Audit and Accounting Guide Brokers and Dealers in Securities


    AICPA Audit Risk Alert Financial Institutions Industry Developments




    Past Meeting Highlights

    December 4, 2013

    March 6, 2013

    December 5, 2012

    September 5, 2012

    June 6, 2012

    March 7, 2012

    Archived Meeting Highlights

    Members of the Expert Panel

    Paul Lameo, Chair PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

    Jeffrey Alfano, Oppenheimer & Co

    Brett Beldner, Barclays Capital

    David Bonnar, Morgan Stanley

    Karen L. Dealey, Jefferies LLC

    Christopher Donovan, Deloitte & Touche LLP

    Michael Fehrman, Deutsche Bank

    Sandra Flaviani, Charles Schwab & Co., Inc.

    Craig Goodman, DDK & Company LLP

    Michael McQuade, Prudential Investment Management Services LLC

    Paul Nockels, McGladrey LLP

    Daniel Palomaki, Citigroup

    Mark Ramler, Grant Thornton LLP

    Michael D. Smith, KPMG LLP

    Stephen A. Zammitti, Ernst & Young LLP

    Learn more about the expert panel members by reading their biographies.


    Staff Contacts

    Irina Portnoy, Technical Manager


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