Misleading Communications Lead to Compliance Problems

On April 22, 2024, the SEC resolved an enforcement action against an investment adviser and the firm’s owner based in Fort Lauderdale. The enforcement action demonstrates how important it is for investment advisers and Investment Adviser Representatives to be accurate...

The SEC Disciplines More RIAs for Performance Advertising Rule Violations

The SEC sent another shot across the bow to warn Registered Investment Advisers (RIAs) that the Commission is deadly serious about enforcing the Marketing Rule. On April 12, 2024, the SEC charged five RIAs with violating the Marketing Rule. All of those firms agreed...

SEC Charges RIA for Failure to Ensure Fair and Equitable Trade Allocations

SEC Renders Judgment on RIA with Compliance Problems On February 16, 2024, the SEC obtained a final judgment against a Registered Investment Adviser (RIA) based in Dallas, Texas. The RIA was previously charged with making false and misleading statements in its Form...

SEC Nails 16 Firms for Widespread Recordkeeping Failures Involving Off-Channel Communications

On February 9, 2024, the SEC ordered sixteen firms to pay more than a combined $81 million in civil penalties to settle charges for widespread and long-term recordkeeping failures. The SEC’s investigations identified pervasive and long-term use of unapproved...

2023 Compliance Roundup Shows RIAs How to Steer Clear of Problems

It has been a busy year for the SEC from a compliance perspective. You should think about these compliance events as you conduct your annual review of your firm’s policies and procedures. An adviser’s policies and procedures should reflect the firm’s business model,...