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- Scope of the Fiduciary Duty Owed by Investment Advisors A fiduciary obligation goes beyond the suitability standard typically owed by registered representatives of broker-dealer firms to clients. The relationship is built on the premise that the advisor will always do the right thing for the person or entity receiving advice.
- 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.
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.