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- Registration Requirements for Investment Advisor Representatives (IARs) When individuals launch an advisory firm, they must avoid marketing themselves or the firm as investment advisors before they are properly approved and registered. Otherwise, they are subject to severe penalties.
- Conducting Due Diligence of Sub-Advisors and Third-Party Advisors Engaging in due-diligence of sub-advisors isnt just a recommended best practice it is part of the fiduciary obligation to a client. An RIA should be extremely reluctant to enter a relationship with a sub-advisor who claims the firms strategy is proprietary.
The Senate confirmed on June 27 three new SEC commissioner nominees. Elisse
Walter, senior VP of Regulatory Policy & Programs at FINRA, has been
confirmed to be an SEC Commissioner with her term expiring June 5, 2012.
Luis Aguilar, a partner with the law firm McKenna Long & Aldridge in
Atlanta, has also been confirmed as an SEC commissioner, serving a term
which will expire June 5, 2010. Aguilar's broadly-based practice concerns
general corporate and business law, international transactions, investment
companies and investment advisors, securities law, and corporate finance.
The third new SEC commissioner will be Troy Paredes, a professor of law at
Washington University in St. Louis. His term will expire June 5, 2013. No
dates on when the three new commissioners would begin their terms were made
available by the Senate or the SEC.