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- Suitability and Fiduciary Duty Recommending suitable investments is more than just a regulatory obligation. Many investors bring cases claiming lack of suitability, so RIAs must continuously put the onus on clients to notify the advisor of changes in their financial situation.
- Books and Records Rule Thorough and complete books and records enable RIAs to demonstrate that they have fulfilled their fiduciary obligations to clients and complied with applicable rules and regulations.
Securities Act of 1933: Regulated the issuance of securities by requiring the registration of new offerings and the full disclosure of financial information.
Securities and Exchange Act of 1934: Established the Securities and Exchange Commission with broad authority to regulate the securities industry, markets, and trading.
Public Utility Holding Company Act of 1935: Enacted to address fraud, stock manipulation, and other abuses that had led to the collapse of major utility companies.
Maloney Act of 1938: Authorized self-regulatory organizations to police the securities industry under the direction of the SEC. Led to 1939 designation of the National Association of Securities Dealers as a self-regulatory organization for the securities industry.
Investment Company Act of 1940: Established regulatory framework for mutual funds, also known as investment companies or investment trusts. Required registration with the SEC and full disclosure of relevant information.
Investment Advisers Act of 1940: Required registration of investment advisers with the SEC and imposed antifraud provisions on their activities.