More On Legal & Compliancefrom 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.
- 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 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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