Editor's Choice: Week of June 22, 2009

More On Legal & Compliance

from The Advisor's Professional Library
  • The New and Improved Form ADV Whether an RIA is describing its investment strategy in advertisements or in the new Form ADV Part 2, it is important the firm articulates material risks faced by advisory clients and avoids language that might be construed as a guarantee.
  • Conducting Due Diligence of Sub-Advisors and Third-Party Advisors Engaging in due-diligence of sub-advisors isn’t just a recommended best practice— it is part of the fiduciary obligation to a client. An RIA should be extremely reluctant to enter a relationship with a sub-advisor who claims the firm’s strategy is proprietary.

Financial services reform remains at the top of the agenda. Read Melanie Waddell's news story , and bloggers Mike Patton and Bob Clark's reactions. To view video of Treasury Secretary Geithner's Senate testimony on Obama's proposal to "modernize the financial regulatory system," click here .The Obama White Paper itself is here.

Healthcare reform hit center stage last week with the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions committee holding hearings on the Affordable Health Choices Act. On June 22, the Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Subcommittee on Securities, Insurance and Investment will welcome Mary Schapiro and Gary Gensler of the CFTC to examine oversight of OTC derivatives.

This week, further evidence of a reviving economy is expected on June 23 when May existing home sales are announced, new home sales on June 24, and initial jobless claims on June 25 .

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