From the April 2009 issue of Investment Advisor • Subscribe!

New DOL Regs

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  • Do’s and Don’ts of Advisory Contracts In preparation for a compliance exam, securities regulators typically will ask to see copies of an RIAs advisory agreements. An RIA must be able to produce requested contracts and the contracts must comply with applicable SEC or state rules.
  • Agency and Principal Transactions In passing Section 206(3) of the Investment Advisers Act, Congress recognized that principal and agency transactions can be harmful to clients. Such transactions create the opportunity for RIAs to engage in self-dealing.
Department of Labor (Employee Benefits Security Administration, 29 CFR Part 2550, Investment Advice--Participants and Beneficiaries; Final Rule) regulations proposed in the Federal Register on January 21, 2009 can be downloaded here.
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