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Gaps, the SEC, and CPAs

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  • Risk-Based Oversight of Investment Advisors Even if the SEC had a larger budget and more resources, it is doubtful that the Commission would have the resources to regularly examine all RIAs. Therefore, the SEC is likely to continue relying on risk-based oversight to fulfill its mission of protecting investors.
  • Client Communication and Miscommunication RIA policies and procedures must specify what type of communications should be retained. The safest course of action is for RIAs to retain all communications—to clients, from clients, and about client accounts.  To comply with fiduciary obligations, communications must be thorough and not mislead.

Kristina Fausti of Fi360 says that Senator Herb Kohl's amendment calling for a new board to oversee all advice givers, "would create gaps by pulling some investment advisors under the umbrella of a financial planning oversight board while leaving others out. It would also keep current gaps in place with regard to brokers because not all brokers who provide advice will be regulated as financial planning professionals." Also, Fausti says, the proposed amendment "would indirectly bring persons such as CPAs under SEC regulation, creating a gap in the SEC's knowledge and expertise, which is solely focused on investment advice as it relates to securities."

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