More On Legal & Compliancefrom The Advisor's Professional Library
- 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.
- Pay-to-Play Rule Violating the pay-to-play rule can result in serious consequences, and RIAs should adopt robust policies and procedures to prevent and detect contributions made to influence the selection of the firm by a government entity.
Last week began the corporate earnings season, particularly for Wall Street, with JPMorgan Chase reporting record high earnings of $11.3 billion for the year (to listen to Jamie Dimon, et al., discuss the results, click here.
Among the other financial services companies due to report during this holiday-shortened week are:
Congress comes back to work this week with a number of hearings planned in the House. Specifically, Barney Frank's House Financial Services Committee will be holding hearings on executive compensation and housing, while the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) committee holds a hearing on January 20 on the nomination of Joshua Gotbaum as the new director of the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corp (PBGC).
While debate continues on forging a healthcare bill that both Senate and House conferees can agree on, you may want to read this interesting story on why healthcare costs keep rising.
If you're worried about the emergence of China, Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Tom Friedman has a different take.