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- 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.
- Client Communication and Miscommunication RIA policies and procedures must specify what type of communications should be retained. The safest course of action is for RIAs to retain all communicationsto clients, from clients, and about client accounts. To comply with fiduciary obligations, communications must be thorough and not mislead.
Financial advisors would be overseen by the Obama Administration's proposed Consumer Financial Protection Agency (CFPA) legislation, which the Treasury Department sent to Congress June 30. Under the proposed legislation, financial advisors under the CFPA's purview would include those who provide "financial and other related advisory services; educational courses and materials on financial matters; or credit counseling, tax-planning, or tax-preparation services."
Dan Barry, director of government relations at the Financial Planning Association, says the FPA is currently reviewing the Administration's CFPA proposal. The proposal does include a pretty clear exclusion for broker/dealers and investment advisors registered with the SEC, Barry says.
However, the FPA wonders how the proposed CFPA would affect the Financial Planning Coalition's proposal to have a professional oversight body oversee financial planners. He says that right now, Coalition members--which includes the FPA, NAPFA, and the CFP Board--are talking about the professional oversight body idea with members of Congress. "We're getting some traction," on the idea, he says.
It looks as though annuities will remain under the purview of the Securities and Exchange Commission, as will mutual funds. Life insurance and long-term care insurance will also be exempt from CFPA oversight.