More On Legal & Compliancefrom The Advisor's Professional Library
- 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.
- 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.
The Coalition for Indexed Products filed suit on January 16 in a Federal appeals court against the Securities and Exchange Commission over its December 17 decision to regulate equity indexed annuities as securities rather than insurance products. The coalition, a group of eight major insurance companies that issue fixed index annuities, including Allianz Life Insurance Co. of North America, charges in the suit that the SEC overstepped its authority in its ruling. That was the expressed position of SEC Commissioner Troy Parades when he cast the lone dissenting vote on December 17.
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