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- Where Are We Headed? The ultimate compliance goal is to help ensure that everyone associated with an advisory firm acts ethically at all times. Advisors and RIAs should do the right thing, even when regulators are not looking over their shoulders.
- Disaster Recovery Plans and Succession Planning RIAs owe a fiduciary duty to clients to prepare for disasters and other contingencies. If an RIA does not have a disaster recovery plan, clients financial well-being may be jeopardized. RIAs should also engage in succession planning, ensuring a smooth transaction if an owner or principal leaves.
Senate Democrats unveiled a new continuing resolution spending bill on Sunday evening, H.R. 3082--the Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act, 2011--and plans to vote on the measure on Tuesday. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., invoked cloture Sunday night on the new continuing resolution that would keep the government running until March 4, 2011. Reid’s original $1.2 trillion omnibus spending bill was defeated on Dec. 16 due to lack of Republican support and included measures that would have stretched until Sept. 30, 2011.
The new continuing resolution contains no specific language regarding the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), which means the SEC remains under its FY 2010 budget through March 4.
Former Congressman Bill Frenzel (R-Minn.) predicted in an interview Dec. 17 that following the failure of the omnibus appropriations bill that it would leave it to the 112th Congress to address the Federal budget.
Under the original spending bill, the SEC would have gotten an increase of $205 million, or 18%, over the agency’s FY 2010 budget—putting the agency’s total budget at $1.3 billion. The boost would have helped the agency implement the scores of new rules under Dodd-Frank, and also help the agency with its oversight and enforcement duties as well as give needed funds for technology updates.
Despite the fact that the SEC was allocated more funding under Dodd-Frank, the Commission listed on its website in December its plans to defer launching a number of offices created under Dodd-Frank, like the whistleblower, credit ratings agency, investor advocacy, and municipal securities offices, due to “budget uncertainty.”
That uncertainty has been a concern of SEC Chairman Mary Schapiro since at least last November, IAA Executive Director David Tittsworth said in a Dec. 16 interview in which he discussed likely regulatory and legislative developments following passage of the compromise tax bill by the House on Dec. 16.