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- Differences Between State and SEC Regulation of Investment Advisors States may impose licensing or registration requirements on IARs doing business in their jurisdiction, even if the IAR works for an SEC-registered firm. States may investigate and prosecute fraud by any IAR in their jurisdiction, even if the individual works for an SEC-registered firm.
- Agency and Principal Transactions In passing Section 206(3) of the Investment Advisers Act, Congress recognized that principal and agency transactions can be harmful to clients. Such transactions create the opportunity for RIAs to engage in self-dealing.
House Financial Services Chairman Barney Frank (D-Massachusetts) voted against the Harkin amendment, stating that dual oversight of equity-indexed annuities by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the states was the best way to go.
However, Rep. Spencer Bachus (R-Alabama) ranking minority member on the House Financial Services Committee, said that over the last two years the "states did an excellent job of regulating the insurance industry." Regulating EIAs as securities, Bachus argued, would "lead to other insurance policies being classified as securities," like whole life policies. He questioned whether it was wise to put yet another product under the SEC's oversight when the agency is "struggling."
Rep. Scott Garrett (R-New Jersey) concurred with Bachus, stating that the "record shows that the states have regulated these [EIA] products appropriately."