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- Suitability and Fiduciary Duty Recommending suitable investments is more than just a regulatory obligation. Many investors bring cases claiming lack of suitability, so RIAs must continuously put the onus on clients to notify the advisor of changes in their financial situation.
- Scope of the Fiduciary Duty Owed by Investment Advisors A fiduciary obligation goes beyond the suitability standard typically owed by registered representatives of broker-dealer firms to clients. The relationship is built on the premise that the advisor will always do the right thing for the person or entity receiving advice.
While Greece likely will move at least the currency markets this week, the quarterly earnings season begins in earnest as well, with Charles Schwab and JPMorgan Chase scheduled to report on April 14 and Bank of America on April 16.
As for economic reports this week, on April 12, the Business Cycle Dating Committee of the National Bureau of Economic Research will issues its latest assessment of the so-called Great Recession. The CPI is released April 14, along with retail sales and business inventories. On April 15, the housing market index and weekly first-time jobless claims are reported.
Several articles in the mainstream press are of interest to advisors: an op-ed by Robert Reich in April 12's Wall Street Journal delivers a highly bearish take on unemployment; Paul Krugman's April 12 column in The New York Times explores why Georgia has more bank failures than any other state in the Union; and appearing in the Journal on April 12, in its wealth management supplement, are the most recent portfolio construction thoughts of five advisors well-known to members of NAPFA and the FPA: Bill Baldwin, Dick Bellmer, Michael Joyce, Diahann Lassus, and Tom Orecchio.
Speaking of housing, the full House Financial Services Committee meets on April 13 and April 14 on housing finance. Finally, Ben Bernanke will testify on April 14 before the Joint Economic Committee on the overall economic outlook.