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Mississippi Adopts IAR Continuing Education Rule

July 29, 2021

Mississippi is the first state to adopt the Model Rule on Investment Adviser Representative Continuing Education (“Model Rule”) published by the North American Securities Administrators Association (“NASAA”) in 2020. Adopted without substantive changes, Mississippi’s new IAR CE rule closely tracks the Model Rule which will simplify compliance for investment adviser representatives registered in multiple states. As states continue to adopt the IAR CE Model Rule, NASAA will update its list of member states that are adopting the Model Rule.

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NASAA Publishes Handbook for Prospective IAR CE Content Providers

May 14, 2021

The North American Securities Administrators Association (“NASAA”) recently published a new handbook to guide investment adviser firms and other professionals that are interested in becoming content providers under NASAA’s Model Rule on Investment Adviser Representative Continuing Education (“Model Rule”). The handbook is the most recent resource published by NASAA as it works to implement the compliance and logistical framework needed to facilitate the Model Rule. To view NASAA’s Investment Adviser Representative Continuing Education Program Handbook, click here.

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NASAA Seeks Input on Investment Adviser Representative Continuing Education Program

September 05, 2020

The North American Securities Administrators Association, Inc. (“NASAA”) is currently seeking input from NASAA members (i.e., state and provincial securities regulators) and other industry professionals, including registered investment advisers and their representatives regarding potential content for classes in its proposed investment adviser representative continuing education program. NASAA intends to utilize survey responses for design and implementation of the proposed IAR continuing education program.

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New NASAA Report on Diminished Capacity Among Investment Adviser Representatives

August 08, 2020

The North American Securities Administrators Association, Inc. (“NASAA”) recently released a white paper detailing the results of a study conducted by its Senior Issues/Diminished Capacity Committee. While many investment adviser firms are increasingly aware of issues related to diminished capacity in clients, NASAA has found that not all registered investment advisers are prepared to identify and address diminished capacity among investment adviser representatives. As part of the study, NASAA surveyed a number of financial institutions and industry professionals including Bryan Hill, President of RIA Compliance Consultants, Inc.

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NASAA Proposed Investment Adviser Representative Continuing Education Rule

May 11, 2020

Earlier this year, the North American Securities Administrators Association, Inc. (“NASAA”) proposed a new model rule that would require investment adviser representatives (“IARs”) to complete a specified amount of continuing education (“CE”) credits each year. The proposed model rule would apply to every IAR registered in a state that adopts the model rule, including IARs associated with state registered investment adviser firms. It would also cover IARs for federal covered advisers (i.e. SEC-registered advisers) to the extent that those IARs are registered in a given state.

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NASAA Cybersecurity Model Rule Package

May 31, 2019

On May 21, 2019, the North American Securities Administrators Association (NASAA) released a model cybersecurity rule package. NASAA’s proposed rule would require investment advisers to adopt policies and procedures regarding information security and to deliver annually its privacy policy to clients.

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NASAA Announces IARD System Process Fee Waiver for State Registered Investment Adviser Firms

November 05, 2015

The North American Securities Administrators Association (NASAA) announced that the Investment Adviser Registration Depository System (IARD), the national database sponsored by NASAA and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) that provides investment adviser firms and their investment adviser representatives a single source for filing state and SEC investment adviser registration and notice filings, will waive the IARD system processing fees for state registered investment adviser firms in 2016. While waiving IARD system processing fees for state registered investment adviser firms in 2016, NASAA will continue charging a $10 IARD system processing fee for each investment adviser representative (IAR).

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The SEC Urged to End Mandatory Arbitration Clauses within Investment Advisory Client Agreements

June 04, 2013

The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (“Dodd-Frank Act”), which was signed into law on July 21, 2010, provides the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) with the authority under the Investment Advisers Act of 1940 to prohibit or impose conditions upon the use of pre-dispute, mandatory arbitration clauses within investment advisory client agreements.

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