Managing a financial advisory or brokerage firm is no small task; from finding clients, to advising the ones you already have, and everything in-between, compliance and governance can be a necessary burden. While going through the vast regulations that shape the industry, the specific tasks of testing, preserving and repeating, are often asked. Most firms utilize Excel, Word documents, and PDFs to build out their internal policies and controls in response to these regulations. Almost all of these controls have a quarterly, bi-annual, or annual requirement to report activities, statements, or other documents to a host of stakeholders. While utilizing an established Excel or SharePoint solution may seem like a “good enough” practice, the risk of missing one of these control events can be detrimental to your firm.
With a strong policy management software your firm can update processes to help save time, money, and reduce overall risk. Strunk’s Controls Manager solution is one of the most intuitive products on the market, unwinding the complexity of your policy and compliance book, so you can automate your policy controls process and operation. Through the use of a strong organizational system to address your regulatory obligation, your firm will have a more logical and considered approach to compliance, such as a Controls Calendar, enabling your company to effortlessly respond to your requirements.
While a patchwork of common Office tools seems like the easy and cheap solution, the downside risk far outweighs the upside risk. Strunk can help you manage these risks, and put your firm on a better strategic footing.