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  • The Few and the Proud: Chief Compliance Officers CCOs make significant contributions to success of an RIA, designing and implementing compliance programs that prevent, detect and correct securities law violations.  When major compliance problems occur at firms, CCOs will likely receive regulatory consequences.    
  • 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 RIA’s failure to stay within the scope of the Section 28(e) safe harbor may violate the advisor’s 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.

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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