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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.
  • 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.

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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