Editor's Choice: Week of June 1, 2009

More On Legal & Compliance

from The Advisor's Professional Library
  • 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.
  • Suitability and Fiduciary Duty Recommending suitable investments is more than just a regulatory obligation.  Many investors bring cases claiming lack of suitability, so RIAs must continuously put the onus on clients to notify the advisor of changes in their financial situation.  
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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