June 21, 2007

Compliance Help From the SEC

New alerts give CCOs a heads up on exam issues

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from The Advisor's Professional Library
  • Regulatory Oversight of Investment Advisors Although the regulatory environment is in a state of flux, it is imperative that RIAs adhere to their compliance obligations. To ensure compliance, RIAs and IARs must fully understand what those obligations are.
  • Proxy Voting RIAs are not required to vote proxies on behalf of their clients. However, when an RIA does assume responsibility for voting proxies, the firm’s policies and procedures should help to ensure that votes are cast in the best interest of clients.

The Securities and Exchange Commission is now providing a ComplianceAlert letter to chief compliance officers of SEC-registered firms to help them learn more about the common deficiencies and weaknesses that the SEC examiners find during exams.

The ComplianceAlert letter, compiled by SEC staff, is available on the SEC Web site. According to the SEC, the letter summarizes select areas that SEC examiners have recently reviewed during examinations, describes issues that were found, and encourages firms to review compliance in these areas and implement improvements as appropriate. Additional ComplianceAlert letters will be made available on the SEC's Web site (www.sec.gov).

The first ComplianceAlert letter provides information concerning recent examination findings with respect to investment advisers' performance advertising and business continuity planning; with respect to broker/dealers' compliance with Regulation SHO; and sales of collateralized mortgage obligations, real estate investment trust products, and Section 529 College Savings Plans.

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