Editor's Choice for October 12, 2009: Market-Moving News for This Week

What Will the Earnings Reports Indicate About the Economy?

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  • Regulatory Oversight of Investment Advisors Although the regulatory environment is in a state of flux, it is imperative that RIAs adhere to their compliance obligations. To ensure compliance, RIAs and IARs must fully understand what those obligations are.
  • Books and Records Rule Thorough and complete books and records enable RIAs to demonstrate that they have fulfilled their fiduciary obligations to clients and complied with applicable rules and regulations.

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.

On October 12, Charles Schwab is scheduled to report third quarter results; on October 13, Goldman Sachs; on October 14, JPMorgan Chase; on October 15, Citicorp; and on October 16, Bank of America.

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.

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