More On Legal & Compliancefrom The Advisor's Professional Library
- Client Communication and Miscommunication RIA policies and procedures must specify what type of communications should be retained. The safest course of action is for RIAs to retain all communicationsto clients, from clients, and about client accounts. To comply with fiduciary obligations, communications must be thorough and not mislead.
- Client Commission Practices and Soft Dollars RIAs should always evaluate whether the products and services they receive from broker-dealers are appropriate. The SEC suggested that an RIAs failure to stay within the scope of the Section 28(e) safe harbor may violate the advisors fiduciary duty to clients, so RIAs must evaluate their soft dollar relationships on a regular basis to ensure they are disclosed properly and that they do not negatively impact the best execution of clients transactions.
The President's Working Group on Financial Markets (PWG) announced November 14 "initiatives to strengthen oversight and the infrastructure of the over-the-counter derivatives market." The Group's top priority, it said, was to implement central counterparty services for credit default swaps (CDS), which in turn should reduce "the systemic risk associated with counterparty credit exposures."
The Working Group is chaired by the Treasury secretary and includes the leaders of the Federal Reserve, the SEC, and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission. The latter three agencies signed a joint Memorandum of Understanding detailing how they will "cooperate, coordinate, and share information" in regulating the CDS market.
In a release, Treasury said the PWG is currently reviewing design elements of "several potential central counterparty providers," and anticipates that one or more such providers will be operating before the end of 2008.