Editor's Choice: Week of May 4, 2009

More On Legal & Compliance

from The Advisor's Professional Library
  • Using Solicitors to Attract Clients Rule 206(4)-3 under the Investment Advisors Act establishes requirements governing cash payments to solicitors. The rule permits payment of cash referral fees to individuals and companies recommending clients to an RIA, but requires four conditions are first satisfied.
  • Trading Practices and Errors When SEC-registered investment advisors conduct annual audits of firm policies and procedures, they should pay close attention to trading practices.  Though usually not required to, state-registered advisors should look at their trading practices and revise policies that do not fully protect clients.
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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