Category Archives: SEC
 

SEC Risk Alert – Investment Adviser Firms with Multiple Branch Offices

November 23, 2020

On November 9 2020, the Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (“OCIE”)  of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) released a Risk Alert about its assessment of the compliance practices of SEC-registered investment advisers that have multiple branch offices. In its Risk Alert, the SEC noted that its Multi-Branch Initiative (“Initiative”) focused on investment advisers practices relating to compliance programs and supervision, with a particular focus on the Code of Ethics Rule, Custody Rule, and fiduciary obligations relating to fees, expenses, and advertising. The SEC also evaluated how supervised persons at branch locations provided investment advice, focusing on oversight of investment recommendations, management and disclosure of conflicts of interest, and allocation of investment opportunities.

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SEC Roundtable on Regulation Best Interest and Form CRS

November 10, 2020

On October 26, 2020, the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) hosted an online roundtable discussion on Regulation Best Interest and Form CRS, with contributions from senior staff at the SEC and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”). Divided into two panels, the online roundtable focused on issues and observations made by SEC and FINRA staff (referred to collectively here as “the staff”) regarding Regulation Best Interest and Form CRS. To view the archived webcast, click here.

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SEC Issues Joint Statement on New FAQs Focusing on Disciplinary Disclosures for Form CRS/Form ADV Part 3

November 02, 2020

On October 8, 2020, the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) issued a new joint statement from Chairman Jay Clayton, Dalia Blass, Director of the Division of Investment Management, and Brett Redfearn, Director of the Division of Trading and Markets regarding the Form ADV Part 3. In the statement, the SEC Chairman and Directors discussed the importance for investment adviser and broker dealer firms to clearly and succinctly make required disciplinary disclosures in the Form CRS/Form ADV Part 3. The statement highlighted the publication of several new FAQs for the Form CRS/Form ADV Part 3, which are now available here. To read the SEC’s joint statement, click here.

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SEC Charges Investment Adviser Rep with Cherry Picking Profitable Trades for Personal Account

October 12, 2020

On September 28, 2020, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) filed a complaint against an investment adviser representative located in Nebraska for allegedly cherry picking profitable trades for his personal investment account, while disproportionately assigning unprofitable trades to investment advisory client accounts. During the alleged scheme, which ran from January 2017 to March 2018, the SEC asserts that the investment adviser representative earned a 4.4% return on his personal investment account while his disfavored clients earned a negative 12.56% return. Click here to read the SEC’s complaint.

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SEC Reschedules its Compliance Outreach Program’s National Seminar

October 08, 2020

On Wednesday, October 7, 2020, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced it has rescheduled its compliance outreach program’s national seminar for investment advisers to Nov. 19, 2020. The SEC intends for its compliance outreach program to help Chief Compliance Officers (CCOs) and compliance personnel enhance their compliance programs for the protection of investors. The November 19 program will be offered as a live webcast.

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SEC Enforcement Action Against an Investment Adviser Over Limiting Wrap to NTF Funds

August 31, 2020

On July 28, 2020, the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) filed an order instituting an enforcement action/administrative cease-and-desist proceeding against an SEC registered investment adviser firm for allegedly failing to disclose material conflicts of interest related to its mutual fund share class selection practices, receipt of revenue sharing, avoidance of transaction fees, receipt of compensation pursuant to Rule 12b-1 under the Investment Company Act of 1940 (“12b-1 fees”), and failure to seek best execution.

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SEC Issues Cease and Desist Order Against Dual BD/RIA for Revenue Sharing on Money Market Cash Sweep

August 24, 2020

On August 13, 2020 the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) filed an order instituting administrative cease-and-desist proceedings to a dually registered investment adviser firm/introducing broker-dealer firm for allegedly failing to disclose material conflicts of interest related to its mutual fund share class selection practices, receipt of compensation pursuant to Rule 12b-1 under the Investment Company Act of 1940 (“12b-1 fees”), and money market revenue sharing agreements.

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SEC Risk Alert – Investment Advisers Managing Private Funds

July 14, 2020

On June 23, 2020, the Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (“OCIE”)  of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) released a Risk Alert about its assessment of the compliance practices of SEC registered investment advisers that manage private equity funds or hedge funds (“private fund advisers”). In its Risk Alert, the SEC noted that over 36% of SEC registered investment advisers manage private funds, which represent a significant area of investment for pensions, charities, endowments, and others. Click here to read the SEC’s Risk Alert for Private Funds.

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SEC Publishes New Website for Main Street Investors

June 22, 2020

On June 15th, 2020, the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) announced a new website designed for Main Street Investors, intended to help retail investors navigate the new Form CRS/Form ADV Part 3. Published in a “Question and Answer” format, the website explains to retail investors the purpose of the Form CRS/Form ADV Part 3 and describes the information they can expect to find in the Form CRS/Form ADV Part 3. Click here to view the SEC’s new website for Main Street Investors.  As an SEC registered investment adviser firm prepares its Form CRS/Form ADV Part 3 training for its supervised persons, RIA Compliance Consultants recommends that a review of the Main Street Investors website should be included as a component of such compliance training.

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Form CRS/Form ADV Part 3 Testing for Compliance

June 18, 2020

With the fast approaching deadline to file and deliver the new Form CRS/Form ADV Part 3 relationship summary, investment adviser firms registered with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) must take steps to test their compliance with this Form CRS/Form ADV Part 3 rule. In its recent Risk Alert, the SEC’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (“OCIE”) discussed what SEC registered investment adviser firms can expect from an examination that focuses on Form CRS/Form ADV Part 3 compliance. Click here to read the SEC’s Risk Alert.

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