The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) recently settled with an investment adviser firm which allegedly had improperly refused to refund $131,000 in unearned advisory fees to 63 departing investment advisory clients. The SEC censured the investment adviser firm and imposed a $100,000 civil penalty on it. The SEC also imposed a $50,000 penalty on the investment adviser firm’s majority owner.
September 21, 2009
Earlier this year, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) proposed new requirements for registered investment advisor firms that have custody of clients funds and securities. According to current SEC Rule 206(4)-2, Custody or Possession of Funds of Securities of Clients, custody is defined as “holding, directly or indirectly, client funds or securities, or having any authority to obtain possession of them. Custody includes –