When Do Advisors Have Custody Relief?
On Feb. 21, the SEC released guidance clarifying when advisors will be deemed to have custody with respect to standing letters of authorization (SLOA).
Soft Dollar Arrangements Under the Postponed DOL Rule
The Department of Labor has postponed the implementation date of the fiduciary rule to June 9. Will there be additional delays? Who knows.
Solicitor Arrangements: An Overlooked Casualty of DOL Fiduciary Rule
Advisors with solicitor relationships should examine agreements to make sure they don't run afoul of the DOL fiduciary rule.
What Do You Do When the FBI Is at Your Door?
It is not uncommon for an advisor to be contacted by criminal authorities regarding accounts they manage.
IRS Eyeing Micro-Captive Insurance Transactions
The IRS has let it be known that “micro-captive” insurance transactions are soon going to be under increased scrutiny.
With White’s Departure From SEC, Hopefully the Bullying Will End
Chair Mary Jo White is an extremely smart lawyer, but former prosecutors prosecute; too often, small firms were the victims of bullying by the SEC.
3 Critical Areas Regulators Are Watching
There are three key issues that advisors are ignoring at their regulatory or financial peril.
SEC Announces Reporting Changes for Advisors on SMAs, Performance
Advisors will need to provide additional information on their Form ADV, and retain performance documentation for all managed accounts or security recommendations.
New Federal Law, SEC Scrutiny Triggers Clarification of Whistleblower Rights
Existing privacy regulations and common sense have led advisors to vigorously protect confidential information.
DOL Rule: Is That All There Is?
But make sure, RIAs, you're complying with the DOL's Advisory Opinion 2005-23A when providing rollover recommendations to plan participants.