SEC’s Staff Bulletin Explains How Investment Advisers and Broker-Dealers Should Deal with Conflicts of Interest

On August 3, 2022, the SEC published a Staff Bulletin, which discussed investment advisers’ and broker-dealers’ conflicts of interest. The Staff Bulletin offered guidance on how firms can identify, eliminate, mitigate, and disclose those conflicts of interest. The...

Another SEC Action Related to Mutual Fund Share Classes and Best Execution

On April 27, 2022, the SEC announced that it settled charges against a Registered Investment Adviser (RIA) in Downers Grove, Illinois. The SEC alleged that the RIA breached its fiduciary duty to advisory clients by failing to: Fully disclose its conflicts of interest;...

SEC Sanctions an Investment Adviser for Several Compliance Deficiencies

On January 11, 2022, a Registered Investment Adviser (RIA) in Rockaway, New Jersey, consented to the entry of an SEC order that sanctioned the firm for several compliance deficiencies. The RIA also agreed to be censured and to cease-and-desist from engaging in the...

SEC Takes Action Against Adviser for Defrauding Retirees and Investors Nearing Retirement

On December 19, 2019, the SEC filed a complaint in federal court against a Sacramento, California-based investment advisory firm and its owner. The complaint alleged that the Registered Investment Adviser (RIA) and its owner defrauded hundreds of retail clients, most...

SEC’s Supervision Initiative Risk Alert

On July 23, 2019, the SEC’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) published a Risk Alert, which discussed its observations from examining firms that currently employ or previously employed supervised persons with a history of disciplinary...