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- Risk-Based Oversight of Investment Advisors Even if the SEC had a larger budget and more resources, it is doubtful that the Commission would have the resources to regularly examine all RIAs. Therefore, the SEC is likely to continue relying on risk-based oversight to fulfill its mission of protecting investors.
- RIAs and Customer Identification Just as RIAs owe a duty to diligently protect their clients privacy and guard against theft, firms also play a vital role in customer identification. Although RIAs are not subject to an anti-money laundering rule, securities regulators expect advisors to address these issues in their policies and procedures.
Securities and Exchange Commissioner Annette L. Nazareth announced her intention to leave the Commission to return to the private sector October 2. In her nine years at the Commission, as a Commissioner and previously as Director of the SEC's Division of Market Regulation, the SEC noted in a release that, Nazareth "has applied her financial markets expertise to a broad range of issues affecting investors and the securities markets." Nazareth has not set a date for her departure from the Commission, but has notified President Bush that she does not wish to be re-nominated, the SEC said in the release. Her term ended on June 5, 2007, but Commissioners may remain in their positions for up to 18 months beyond a term's end, unless a successor is appointed sooner.
With Nazareth's departure, the SEC will now have to replace two of its Commissioners, as Roel Campos left the Commission in September to join the law firm of Cooley Godward Kronish.