Editor's Choice: Events for the Week of April 13

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  • Conducting Due Diligence of Sub-Advisors and Third-Party Advisors Engaging in due-diligence of sub-advisors isn’t just a recommended best practice— it is part of the fiduciary obligation to a client. An RIA should be extremely reluctant to enter a relationship with a sub-advisor who claims the firm’s strategy is proprietary.
  • Client Commission Practices and Soft Dollars RIAs should always evaluate whether the products and services they receive from broker-dealers are appropriate. The SEC suggested that an RIA’s failure to stay within the scope of the Section 28(e) safe harbor may violate the advisor’s fiduciary duty to clients, so RIAs must evaluate their soft dollar relationships on a regular basis to ensure they are disclosed properly and that they do not negatively impact the best execution of clients’ transactions.

In last week's holiday-shortened week, the Dow rose 0.8%, the S&P 500 rose 3.8%, and the Nasdaq rose 4%. The S&P has now risen 26.6% since its low on March 9. Stocks were helped in the financial sector by Wells Fargo's report of record earnings and Lincoln Financial's announcement that it was repaying $500 million in debt.

Likely to be moving the markets this week is the busy season for corporate earnings, especially for banks. Those closely watched include Goldman Sachs on April 14, Charles Schwab on April 15, BlackRock and JPMorgan on April 16, and Citigroup on April 17.

As for other economic indicators, March producer prices are on April 14, as are March retail sales. On April 15 are inflation figures for March, along with industrial production.

Thursday, April 16 brings weekly jobless claims and March housing starts.

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