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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.
A revised plan to require that brokers’ recruitment compensation be disclosed when they switch firms will be considered at the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority’s Sept. 19 board meeting.
FINRA CEO Richard Ketchum said in late May that FINRA’s broker bonus disclosure plan would be brought up at the self-regulator’s July 11 board meeting. However, a FINRA spokesperson said in mid-July that “due to scheduling considerations,” the rule had been pushed to a later date.
FINRA said late Wednesday that disclosures related to recruitment practices and account transfers would be one of the four rulemaking items discussed at the meeting.
“The board will consider an updated proposal to require disclosure of compensation a registered representative receives in connection with changing firms and other important considerations for a customer deciding whether to follow the representative to the new firm."