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- Meeting and Exceeding Clients and Regulators’ Expectations Although it can be difficult, there are ways for RIAs to meet or exceed client expectations, increase customer satisfaction, and help firms retain current clients and attract new ones.
- 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.
Among the litany of studies (close to 17 of them, along with 95 rulemakings) that the SEC is charged with conducting under the Dodd-Frank Act, the advisory industry will be greatly affected by about five of them.
One of those five, the fiduciary study, is already under way with the SEC required to submit its report to Congress in January. Dodd-Frank also stipulated that the Government Accountability Office's (GAO) study of the regulation of the financial planning industry is to be submitted to Congress 180 days after the signing of Dodd-Frank into law, which means lawmakers should have the GAO study by late January.
Financial Planner Study (GAO): To examine the effectiveness of state and federal regulation of financial planners.
Study Concerning Improving Access to Registration Information for BDs and RIAs (SEC): To develop recommendations about improving investor access to registration information on BDs, RIAs, and associated persons of these entities.
Review of BD Auditors (PCAOB): To examine financial audits of broker-dealers.
Investment Adviser Examination Study (SEC): To examine whether an SRO should be designated to oversee RIAs.
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