More On Legal & Compliancefrom The Advisor's Professional Library
- Registration Requirements for Investment Advisor Representatives (IARs) When individuals launch an advisory firm, they must avoid marketing themselves or the firm as investment advisors before they are properly approved and registered. Otherwise, they are subject to severe penalties.
- Client Commission Practices and Soft Dollars RIAs should always evaluate whether the products and services they receive from broker-dealers are appropriate. The SEC suggested that an RIAs failure to stay within the scope of the Section 28(e) safe harbor may violate the advisors fiduciary duty to clients, so RIAs must evaluate their soft dollar relationships on a regular basis to ensure they are disclosed properly and that they do not negatively impact the best execution of clients transactions.
The top economic reports are spread throughout the week, with June new home residential sales coming on Monday, July 27; the Case-Shiller Home Price Index for May on the 28th, durable goods orders on July 29th, and advance second-quarter GDP numbers on Friday the 31st.
As for earnings, a number of insurance companies post their quarterly results this week, including Aetna, which reported early on July 27, The Hartford on July 29, and MetLife and Travelers on the 30th.
The Senate Joint Economic Committee meets on the 28th to discuss current trends in foreclosures, and hearings on corporate governance will be held on the 29th by the Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee's Subcommittee on Securities, Insurance, and Investment.
Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke held a town hall-style meeting moderated by Jim Lehrer of the NewsHour in which he discussed the Fed's actions, the Depression, and the jobs market, among other issues; the video is here.