Editor's Choice: Week of June 1, 2009

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  • Where Are We Headed? The ultimate compliance goal is to help ensure that everyone associated with an advisory firm acts ethically at all times.  Advisors and RIAs should do the right thing, even when regulators are not looking over their shoulders.
  • Nothing but the Best Execution Along with the many other fiduciary obligations owed by RIAs, firms owe a duty to seek best execution of clients’ transactions.  If they fail to do, RIAs violate Section 206 of the Investment Advisers Act.
Good news, bad news. It turns out the economy only shrank at an annual rate of 5.7% in the first quarter, not the preliminary estimate of 6.1%, the Commerce Department reported on May 29, but the FDIC's Sheila Bair said May 27 that the U.S. banking industry "still faces tremendous challenges," and that "asset quality remains a further concern" upon the release of its Quarterly Banking Profile Perhaps Treasury Secretary Geithner didn't read the report; as he arrived in China May 31, he proclaimed that the U.S. financial system "is in substantially better shape."

Major reports this week include May retail sales numbers on June 4, and May unemployment figures on June 5.

Also, look for onsite news coverage from IA staff this week from the Pershing LLC conference and the NAPFA national gathering.

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