Editor's Choice: Week of May 4, 2009

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  • Privacy Policies and Rules Whether an RIA is SEC or state-registered, the firm must have policies and procedures in effect to protect clients’ privacy. Policies and procedures should explicitly require an RIA to send out its privacy notice each year.
  • Books and Records Rule Thorough and complete books and records enable RIAs to demonstrate that they have fulfilled their fiduciary obligations to clients and complied with applicable rules and regulations.
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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