Category Archives: Annual Amendment
 

Investment Advisers Should begin Preparing to Submit their Annual Form ADV Amendment

December 22, 2021

Annual Amendment ServiceInvestment Advisers’ Final Renewal Statements and reports will be available for viewing and printing on January 2, 2022. All registered investment advisers should download and review these reports; Final Renewal Statements will indicate if any additional fees are due and these payments are due by January 22, 2022. Additionally, investment advisers with a fiscal year end of December 31 are encouraged to begin preparing their required Form ADV annual updating amendments.

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Failure to Properly Renew Registration May Result in Adverse Consequences for Investment Advisers

October 29, 2021

Investment adviser firms and investment adviser representatives must maintain active registrations and/or notice filing statuses with applicable jurisdictions/states. Unless properly renewed, all investment adviser firm and investment adviser representative licensing approvals expire December 31 each calendar year. To ensure that investment adviser firms and their investment adviser representatives are properly licensed in all necessary jurisdictions for 2022, renewal fees must be paid through the Investment Adviser Registration Depository (“IARD”) system.

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Regulatory Reminder – Submission of Annual Financial Statements in Certain States

February 25, 2021

As your state registered investment adviser firm completes its Form ADV Annual Amendment, it’s important not to forget that many state securities regulators also require a state registered investment adviser firm to submit annual financial statements and/or other documents (e.g., proof of continued coverage of a surety bond, investment advisory client agreement if material changes) directly to the state securities regulator (outside of the IARD/CRD system).

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Deadline for Receipt of Preliminary Renewal Statement Payments Quickly Approaching

December 03, 2020

The deadline for investment advisers to submit their Preliminary Renewal Statement payment is quickly approaching. FINRA must be in receipt of the full payment listed on the Preliminary Renewal Statement by December 14, 2020. Investment advisers with sufficient funds in their Flex-Funding Account to cover the Preliminary Renewal Statement payment will have funds automatically transferred beginning on December 14, 2020 to the Renewal Account to cover total renewal fees owed. Automatic transfers will be conducted every day after December 14, 2020 until the WEB CRD/IARD shuts down for year-end processing on December 27, 2020. Investment advisers that choose to mail in their payments are advised to do so now to avoid delays and to ensure funds are received by the deadline. If your investment adviser would like assistance with the annual renewal service, click here for more information on or to purchase RIA Compliance Consultants’ IARD Renewal Program and ADV Amendment Service. If you have questions regarding these or any of the other services offered by RIA Compliance Consultants, contact your support person or our business development team at bizdevteam@ria-compliance-consultants.com

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Preliminary Renewal Statement Now Available

November 18, 2020

As of Monday, November 16, 2020, your investment advisor firm can access, via its IARD account, its Preliminary Renewal Statement for the upcoming year. Investment advisor firms are assessed individual registration fees based on the state(s) that the firm is notice filed or registered in and the number of investment advisor representatives and their approved registration statuses. The amount reflected in the Preliminary Renewal Statement is the amount of renewal fees investment advisors must pay in order to maintain active registration for the firm and its investment advisor representatives.

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Preliminary Renewal Statements Available Monday

November 12, 2020

Starting Monday, November 16, 2020, a registered investment adviser firm can access, via its IARD account, its Preliminary Renewal Statement for 2021 renewals. The Preliminary Renewal Statement must be paid, in full, by Monday, December 14, 2020. Depending on your method of payment, it may take at least two days for a payment to post to the IARD account. Because of this, your firm’s payment should arrive at FINRA no later than Wednesday, December 9, 2020, to ensure that funds are posted to your firm’s IARD account by December 14, 2020.

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Failure to Properly Renew Registration May Result in Adverse Consequences for Investment Advisers

October 28, 2020

Investment adviser firms and investment adviser representatives must maintain active registrations and/or notice filing statuses with applicable jurisdictions/states. Unless properly renewed, all investment adviser firm and investment adviser representative licensing approvals expire December 31 each calendar year. To ensure that investment adviser firms and their investment adviser representatives are properly licensed in all necessary jurisdictions for 2021, renewal fees must be paid through the Investment Adviser Registration Depository (“IARD”) system.

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SEC’s Response to COVID-19 – Changes Conditions for Utilizing the 45-Day Extension for Filing/Delivering Form ADV

March 27, 2020

Due to the further disruptions facing investment adviser firms related to COVID-19, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) modified its original order of March 13, 2020 (“Original Order”), which provided an investment adviser firm registered with the SEC or an exempt reporting adviser (“ERA”) a 45-day extension to file the Form ADV Annual Amendment or Form PF and deliver the Form ADV Part 2A (or summary of material changes) to existing investment advisory clients if certain conditions were met by the investment adviser firm.  (Please see our previous blog entry for more details about the SEC’s initial Response to COVID-19 and the conditions for an investment adviser to obtain relief.)

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