On April 6, 2018, the SEC ordered three Registered Investment Advisers (RIAs) to pay $12 million to clients harmed by the firms’ breach of their fiduciary obligations. The RIAs had generated millions of dollars in improper fees by selecting higher-cost mutual fund shares for clients, even though less expensive ones were available. In total, 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, […]
Working as a RIA compliance consultant, you need to account for every step of the process, including new client on-boarding, compliance tasks, document storage, and employee management, to audit preparation. You’ll also encounter last-minute items that constantly get added to your checklist. If you’re not using an RIA software solution that makes your job easier, faster, […]
When you’re an RIA compliance consultant, chances are you’ve got more than one job title. In a small business especially, you might also serve as the company CEO, CCO, accountant, social media administrator, human resources representative, or office manager. To perform any or all of these duties well, you need easy-t0-use tools for RIA compliance […]
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 […]
SmartRIA is always working to improve our products and services to make sure our users have the best experience with our software. Here’s what we did to update our software in November. If you have features you’d like us to add, let us know. We’d love to hear from you. We’re very excited about our new Advanced […]
Registered investment advisors must have someone in place to manage RIA compliance with SEC and state regulations, a position commonly known as the chief compliance officer. It’s a vital role, and finding the right fit for CCO could be the deciding factor that makes or breaks a firm.
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 […]