Editor's Choice for Week of October 19, 2009

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  • The Need for Thorough and Effective Policies and Procedures Whethere an advisor is SEC or state-registered, RIAs must revise their policies and procedures to address significant compliance problems occurring during the year, changes in business arrangements, and regulatory developments.
  • 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.

While many of the biggest banks reported earnings last week, this week corporate third quarter earnings reports continue, including some from companies that advisors would find interesting. We also see a hodgepodge of other reports: on October 20 housing starts and the producer price index numbers will be released, while the House Financial Services Committee holds a hearing on systemic regulation, while the Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee holds a hearing on housing.

As for earnings, BlackRock reports on October 20, as does Bank of New York Mellon. On the 21st, we hear about first-time jobless claims, leading indicators, and the Fed's beige book; earnings include Ameriprise, Morgan Stanley, and Raymond James Financial.

On October 22, Legg Mason reports earnings, and the Senate Joint Economic Committee holds hearings on the economic outlook, while on October 23, we hear about existing home sales, and T. Rowe Price earnings.

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