More On Legal & Compliancefrom The Advisor's Professional Library
- RIAs and Customer Identification Just as RIAs owe a duty to diligently protect their clients privacy and guard against theft, firms also play a vital role in customer identification. Although RIAs are not subject to an anti-money laundering rule, securities regulators expect advisors to address these issues in their policies and procedures.
- Client Communication and Miscommunication RIA policies and procedures must specify what type of communications should be retained. The safest course of action is for RIAs to retain all communicationsto clients, from clients, and about client accounts. To comply with fiduciary obligations, communications must be thorough and not mislead.
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.