From the September 2010 issue of Investment Advisor • Subscribe!

Around The Blogosphere: A World View

More On Legal & Compliance

from 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 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.
  • The New and Improved Form ADV Whether an RIA is describing its investment strategy in advertisements or in the new Form ADV Part 2, it is important the firm articulates material risks faced by advisory clients and avoids language that might be construed as a guarantee.

If you still believe the world is flat, or that here in Fortress America we can ignore the rest of the world, stop reading now. If, however, you have come to realize through your own insight and your experience, say, of the last few years, that what happens beyond our borders has a significant impact for American businesses and American-domiciled stocks and bonds and American investors and, thus, American advisors, you could do much worse than to regularly peruse and sign up for one of its many e-newsletters.

The online home of U.K.-based The Economist newspaper (that's what they call it and sure, it's a weekly and somewhat glossy news magazine, but it's got that foreign pedigree, you know, so it's a little quirky) is chock-full of intelligently written, thoughtfully argued news and analysis about the world's politics, economics, technological developments, and even social developments.

You could, of course, actually subscribe to the print publication, and there is content on that is available only to print subscribers. That wouldn't be the worst way to spend your money, either, but I'd recommend to get started.

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