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- Scope of the Fiduciary Duty Owed by Investment Advisors A fiduciary obligation goes beyond the suitability standard typically owed by registered representatives of broker-dealer firms to clients. The relationship is built on the premise that the advisor will always do the right thing for the person or entity receiving advice.
- 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.
FrontPoint Partners, the beleaguered hedge fund operation that completed a spinoff from Morgan Stanley in March, will reportedly “be winding down select strategies,” according to a report in The News York Times' Dealbook blog on Friday.
Redemptions are the cause, according to the Dealbook report. The fund’s assets had declined to an estimated $3.1 billion at the end of March from $7.5 billion as of last November, according to an article in Pension & Investments on March 1 announcing the completion of the spinoff.
A FrontPoint Partners portfolio manager, Dr. Joseph "Chip" Skowron, was accused by the SEC of “insider trading.”
Skowron was also criminally charged with securities fraud as well as conspiracy to commit securities fraud and conspiracy to obstruct justice by the Manhattan U.S. Attorney on April 13, and surrendered to the FBI according to a Bloomberg report.
In another insider trading case, Preet Bharara, the U.S. attorney for Manhattan, recently won a conviction against Raj Rajaratnam, the billionaire founder of the hedge fund Galleon Group.
FrontPoint Partners was bought by Morgan Stanley in 2006 when the fund had $5.5 billion in assets under management.