2008 IARD Annual Renewal and Form ADV Annual Amendment Requirements

October 24, 2007

Beginning Monday, November 5, 2007, investment advisor firms can access their 2008 Preliminary Renewal Statements via their IARD account. The Preliminary Renewal Statement must be paid, in full, by Monday, December 10, 2007. Because it takes approximately two days for payment to post to the IARD account, the funds should arrive no later than Thursday, December 6, 2007, to ensure the money is posted to your IARD account by the 10th.

We also want to remind firms of their obligation to amend the Form ADV on at least an annual basis in the form of an Annual Amendment. This is required under Rule 204-1 of the Investment Advisers Act of 1940 and similar state rules. The Annual Amendment must be completed within 90 days after an advisor firm’s fiscal year end. Since the majority of advisor firms coordinate their fiscal year end with the end of the calendar year, the Annual Amendment has become a requirement that must be completed at the beginning of each year for most firms. The main item that must be updated on the Annual Amendment is the firm’s assets under management. Other items such as, but not limited to, the number of accounts, clients, employees, and advisor representatives should also be updated. The Annual Amendment can also be used to disclose any material changes. Keep in mind, however, that material changes need to be disclosed within 30 days no matter when they take place. Material changes include items such as, but are not limited to, reportable disciplinary and financial disclosures, changes in advisory programs, changes in fee arrangements and changes in billing practices.

RIA Compliance Consultants is offering a special package that includes assistance with completing both the annual renewal requirement and filing the Annual Amendment to Form ADV Part 1. For the low price of $455, RIA Compliance Consultants will help your firm confirm its registration status in all necessary jurisdictions and confirm the registration status of all investment advisor representatives for 2008. You will also receive an Annual Amendment Questionnaire which we will help you complete so that we may prepare and file your Form ADV Part 1 Annual Amendment within the necessary timeframe.

Please contact us today to receive an agreement for our services. Note: Engagements received after November 15 are subject to availability.

*If you are an RIA Compliance Consultants’ annual retainer client, this service is included in your retainer agreement. To learn more about our retainer services and fees, please contact us at 877-345-4034.

Posted by Bryan Hill
Labels: Form ADV, How to Become RIA, Investment Advisor Registration, Registration, Renewals