May 4, 2009

Editor's Choice: Week of May 4, 2009

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from The Advisor's Professional Library
  • Risk-Based Oversight of Investment Advisors Even if the SEC had a larger budget and more resources, it is doubtful that the Commission would have the resources to regularly examine all RIAs. Therefore, the SEC is likely to continue relying on risk-based oversight to fulfill its mission of protecting investors.
  • Preventing and Dealing with Client Complaints Although the SEC has not provided specific guidance on how client complaints should be handled, a firm’s policies and procedures should provide clear direction how to do so, as neglecting complaints can exacerbate a bad situation.
On Monday May 4, the Census Bureau is scheduled to release its monthly report on construction spending, revealing figures for March. The last release noted a decline of 0.9% for February. The new numbers are expected to show a decline of 1.3% with a similar figure for pending home sales. This release will revise unadjusted and seasonally adjusted data back to January 2007.

There are a number of Senate committee hearings of note this week. On Wednesay May 7, the Senator Chris Dodd's Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee is holding hearing to examine "regulating and resolving institutions considered to be too big to fail." The next day the Committee's Subcommittee on Securities, Insurance and Investment will hold hearings to examine ways to strengthen the SEC's enforcement responsibilities.

That's the same day the Energy and Natural Resources Subcommittee onEnergy will hold hearings to examine ways "to improve grid reliability, increase clean energy deployment, enable consumer choice, and diversify our nation's energy supply," all of which are topics of interest to advisors whose clients take a green approach to investing.

Also on May 7, we can expect to see reports on initial jobless claims for the week, as well as first quarter numbers on productivity and labor costs, both of which are expected to show increases.

On Friday May 8, the Census Bureau will release its monthly report on wholesale trade, detailing figures on sales and inventories for the month of March. April unemployment figures will also be out that day with many wondering how they will compare to last months level of 8.5%

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