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).
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 email@example.com
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.
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.
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.
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.)
Due to disruptions caused by COVID-19 pandemic, the Colorado Securities Commission issued a Temporary Order relief for investment adviser firms registered with the Colorado Division of Securities. According to the relief order, an investment adviser firm registered with the Colorado Securities Commissioner, “may perform any of the Form ADV filing, updating and customer delivery requirement set forth by the Colorado Securities Act and related regulations up to 45 days after such action is due to be performed.” In effect, with this order relief Colorado extends its ADV filing deadline.
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 directly to the state securities regulator (outside of the IARD/CRD system).
Vermont Securities Division Extends Deadline for Investment Advisers to File Form ADV Annual Amendment
March 19, 2020
In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, the Vermont Department of Financial Regulation has extended their deadline for state registered investment adviser firms to file their annual Form ADV amendment to April 30, 2020. The original deadline was March 31, 2020. Investment adviser firms registered in Vermont are encouraged to contact the Securities Division if they have questions. Questions concerning Vermont’s new deadline may be directed to 802-828-3420 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
March 16, 2020
In response to the outbreak of COVID-19, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced an order, “providing a temporary exemption from certain requirements of the Investment Advisers Act of 1940.” Per this order, SEC registered investment advisers and exempt reporting advisers impacted by COVID-19 with a fiscal year end of December 31, 2019 now will have until the May 14, 2020 to file their Form ADV Amendments. The original deadline was March 30, 2020. Regardless of the extension, RIA Compliance Consultants recommends that investment adviser firms should try to get the ADV Annual Amendment filed as soon as possible. The extension is available only to SEC investment adviser firms that cannot meet the deadline due to the effects of COVID-19.