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- Registration Requirements for Investment Advisor Representatives (IARs) When individuals launch an advisory firm, they must avoid marketing themselves or the firm as investment advisors before they are properly approved and registered. Otherwise, they are subject to severe penalties.
- 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."