Pursuant to Release 2010.2 published on June 28, 2010 by the Investment Adviser Registration Depository (“IARD”), the Investment Adviser Public Disclosure (“IAPD) database now allows users to search for investment adviser representatives. Prior to the release, investment advisers and investment adviser representatives submitted registration and licensing information to the IARD; however, only information for investment adviser firms was available on the IAPD database. With Release 2010.2, effective June 28, 2010, the information investment adviser representatives have provided on Form U4 is publicly available through the IAPD database.
Deadline Approaching for Investment Advisers to Complete the New Form U4 Regarding Regulatory Actions
October 29, 2009
Registered investment adviser firms must file amended Form U4s for all their investment adviser representatives to provide answers to the new regulatory action disclosure questions. The North American Securities Administrators Association (“NASAA”) has published notice clarifying that the new questions on the FINRA Form U4 and the deadline of November 13, 2009 applies to investment adviser representatives.
In the course of conducting investment advisory business, no matter how diligent you are, at some time a customer complaint may arise. It is typical that downturns in the securities markets lead to an increase in customer complaints. What is the proper course of action for you and your registered investment adviser to take if you do receive a complaint?