Editor's Choice: Week of July 13, 2009

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  • The Custody Rule and its Ramifications When an RIA takes custody of a client’s funds or securities, risk to that individual increases dramatically. Rule 206(4)-2 under the Investment Advisers Act (better known as the Custody Rule), was passed to protect clients from unscrupulous investors.
  • Proxy Voting RIAs are not required to vote proxies on behalf of their clients. However, when an RIA does assume responsibility for voting proxies, the firm’s policies and procedures should help to ensure that votes are cast in the best interest of clients.

It's a busy week, marked by Congressional hearings, earnings reports, and economic reports that could move the markets.

First up, though, Rep. Charles Rangel floated a plan last week to tax the "rich" to pay for healthcare reform Amid criticism from Republicans, and calls from some, including Warren Buffett, for another round of stimulus spending, President Obama defended stimulus part 1 in his weekly radio address.

This week, earnings highlights include Charles Schwab on July 13, Goldman Sachs on July 14, JP Morgan Chase on July 16, and on Friday, July 17, Bank of America, and Citigroup.

Perhaps the biggest hearing of the week comes in the House on July 14, when Mary Schapiro is scheduled to testify on the current state of the SEC and its agenda before the capital markets subcommittee of Barney Frank's Financial Services Committee.

Other key Congressional hearings for the week include, in the Senate, a July 13 hearing by the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee on the Affordable Health Choices Act; on July 14, hearings on the Consumer Protection Agency in the Senate Banking Commitee, and on July 15, the same committee will hold hearings on regulating hedge funds.

On the 14th, find out about June producer prices and on July 15, June inflation numbers. Finally, on July 17, see how new home construction stood in June.

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