2010 IARD Renewal & Form ADV Annual Amendment Requirements

November 02, 2009

Beginning Monday, November 16, 2009, registered investment advisor firms can access their 2010 Preliminary Renewal Statements via their IARD account. The Preliminary Renewal Statement must be paid, in full, by Friday, December 11, 2009. Because it takes approximately two days for payment to post to the IARD account, the funds should arrive no later than Wednesday, December 09, 2009, to ensure the money is posted to your IARD account by December 11.

RIA Compliance Consultants also wants to remind registered investment advisor firms of their obligation to update Form ADV on at least an annual basis in the form of an Annual Amendment. This is required under U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) Rule 204-1 of the Investment Advisers Act of 1940 and similar rules of state securities regulators. The Form ADV Annual Amendment must be completed within 90 days after a registered investment advisor firm’s fiscal year end. Since the majority of investment advisor firms coordinate their fiscal year end with the end of the calendar year, the Form ADV Annual Amendment has become a requirement that must be completed at the beginning of each year for most advisor firms. The main item that must be updated on the Form ADV Annual Amendment is the investment advisor firm’s assets under management. Other items such as, but not limited to, the number of accounts, clients, employees, and investment advisor representatives (“IARs”) should also be updated. The Form ADV 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 contact information, changes to custody disclosures and changes due to successions and ownership arrangements.

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 $450, 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 2010. You will also receive an Annual Amendment Questionnaire for you to complete so that we may prepare and file your Form ADV Part 1 Annual Amendment within the necessary time frame.

Engagements received by RIA Compliance Consultants after November 16 are subject to availability so complete and return the Agreement for Services today! Click below to view the Consulting Agreement for IARD Renewal and Annual Amendment Services.

*If you are an existing hourly retainer client of RIA Compliance Consultants, you do not need to complete the Agreement for Services. Simply contact your lead consultant to sign-up for this service.

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

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Posted by Bryan Hill
Labels: Annual Amendment, Form ADV, IAR Licensing, IARD, Renewals