The SEC recently took enforcement actions against three Registered Investment Advisers (RIAs) that breached their fiduciary duty to advisory clients. In particular, the SEC took disciplinary action against RIAs over issues related to 12b-1 fees, revenue sharing arrangements and wrap fee programs. In brief: The SEC found that one of the firms failed to report […]
On July 26, 2021, the SEC announced that 21 Registered Investment Advisers (RIAs) settled charges alleging that they failed to file and deliver their client relationship summaries, known as Form CRS, in a timely manner. Form CRS is also frequently referred to as Form ADV Part 3. Six broker-dealers were also accused of not filing […]
A Registered Investment Adviser’s (RIA) and its Investment Adviser Representatives’ (IARs) obligations as fiduciaries are quite extensive. Even seasoned Investment Advisers may not fully understand their fiduciary obligations. Fiduciary duty encompasses much more than just the duty to be honest and avoid negligence. Advisers also owe an affirmative duty of loyalty, which means RIAs and […]
Being a registered investment advisor isn’t easy. You may have chosen this profession because you have great business and investment sense, a drive to help others manage their wealth, and a desire to build a solid financial foundation of your own. But working in this industry also requires strict adherence to a slew of complex […]
On July 10, 2018, the SEC settled enforcement actions brought against two SEC-Registered Investment Advisers (RIAs), three Investment Adviser Representatives (IARs), and a marketing consultant, for their involvement in violating the Testimonial Rule using social media and the Internet. Rule 206(4)-1(a)(1) under the Investment Advisers Act sets forth what types of advertisements are prohibited. The […]
It’s been a disappointing year for those who thought the new administration would quickly roll back regulations and oversight in the financial industry, including state and SEC compliance for Registered Investment Advisors. This time last year, some RIAs were hoping to decrease their compliance budgets and apply those dollars to other efforts. Contrary to expectations, […]
In October, the SEC announced several changes to Form ADV, the main reporting document for registered investment advisors (RIAs). One of these changes illustrates just how much social media has permeated the business landscape and how it can affect your company if not managed properly. What you post on social media can have real repercussions […]
Short for regulatory technology, RegTech is a subset of FinTech (financial technology), which encompasses software and cloud-based applications designed to help professionals like RIAs and compliance consultants navigate federal and state regulations.
You know that there are many obstacles that could keep you and your firm from being successful. Being in a competitive industry means running your business competitively. While some firms may look at SEC and state RIA compliance as a burden, making it a priority can give you a powerful edge against them.
As a registered investment advisor, it’s only a matter of time until you get audited. Audits by SEC or state regulators can happen at random, or be triggered by an issue. It’s not a matter of if, but a matter of when, so you need every tool at your disposal to ensure that you’re—and that […]