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- Trading Practices and Errors When SEC-registered investment advisors conduct annual audits of firm policies and procedures, they should pay close attention to trading practices. Though usually not required to, state-registered advisors should look at their trading practices and revise policies that do not fully protect clients.
- 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.
Nearly half of financial services executives who responded to a global survey expressed concern about their national economies, but 70% said they were confident in their country’s economic growth prospects.
Robert Half Financial Services surveyed 1,100 finance directors, chief financial officers and chief operations officers in Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Singapore, the U.K. and the U.S., and interviewed senior industry executives for its report, “Navigating Change in an Evolving Regulatory Landscape.”
Although 80% of respondents said they were confident about their firm’s growth potential, many still had concerns when they looked within their firms:
—41% of executives were most worried about business costs, 37% about profitability and 23% about increasing regulatory issues
—88% of respondents said managing regulatory change had proved challenging
—66% foresaw a continuation of heavier workloads due to regulatory changes, and 35% anticipated spending related to financial regulations to keep rising
—33% said they were working with interim or project professionals to address compliance demands, and 23% planned to add full-time staff
—89% of executives said they had faced challenges in hiring employees with requisite skills, and 83% were worried about their ability to keep top performers on board
—68% of respondents said integrated governance, risk and compliance programs had been effective for their businesses.
“Executives must balance compliance demands in equal measure with profitability goals,” Neil Owen, Robert Half’s global practice director, said in a statement.
“The firms best positioned to succeed are those that are staffed with financial professionals who take a proactive stance to managing regulatory compliance and develop long-term strategies that address shifting business priorities.”