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.
- 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 RIAs failure to stay within the scope of the Section 28(e) safe harbor may violate the advisors 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.
The House reports back for duty on April 21, while the Senate starts up on April 20, when it will consider the Fraud Enforcement and Recovery Act of Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont).
Finally, in the good news/bad news category, NAPFA got some coverage from New York Times personal finance columnist Ron Lieber, whose advisor--a NAPFA member--allegedly stole some of his money. At least Lieber quoted Diahann Lassus, and provided a link to the NAPFA site.