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- Whistleblowers A whistleblower is any individual providing the SEC with original information related to a possible violation of federal securities law. The Dodd-Frank Act established a whistleblower program that enables the SEC to reward individuals who voluntarily provide such information.
- 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.
If there's one thing that's more important than jobs when it comes to clear signs of the economy's health, it's corporate earnings. This week there's a passel of quarterly earnings reports, starting on Monday and ending on Friday, that will not only show how the banking sector is doing, but also how well some major brokerage firms--and the largest custodian for RIAs--are doing.
Healthcare reform hearings resume on October 13 before Max Baucus's Senate Finance Committee, while on October 14, Chris Dodds' Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee will examine the state of the banking industry, with Sheila Bair of the FDIC as the lead witness.
Finally, the SEC on October 8 published a draft of its 2010-2015 Strategic Plan, asking for comments. You can download the Plan here.