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ICI Shares Fund-Industry Wish List

More On Legal & Compliance

from The Advisor's Professional Library
  • Trading Practices and Errors When SEC-registered investment advisors conduct annual audits of firm policies and procedures, they should pay close attention to trading practices.  Though usually not required to, state-registered advisors should look at their trading practices and revise policies that do not fully protect clients.
  • Best Practices for Working with Senior Investors Securities examiners deal harshly with RIAs that do not fulfill their fiduciary obligations toward senior investors, as the SEC and state securities regulators view older investors as particularly vulnerable and in need of protection.

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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