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ICI Shares Fund-Industry Wish List

More On Legal & Compliance

from The Advisor's Professional Library
  • 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.  
  • 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 communications—to clients, from clients, and about client accounts.  To comply with fiduciary obligations, communications must be thorough and not mislead.

The head of the fund-industry's advocacy group has outlined the regulatory reforms that most need Washington's attention. Here's the list, compiled by Paul Schott Stevens of the Investment Company Institute:

o Establish a single U.S. capital markets regulator for the SEC and Commodity Futures Trading Commission.

o Update the securities laws and harmonize laws that regulate brokers and investment advisors.

o Enlarge the mission; tough enforcement of securities laws must include smart oversight.

o Pay attention to agency management, including a better mix of disciplines on SEC staff, and

o Restructure staff offices.
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Please send your views on the wish list to jlevaux@researchmag.com.

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