SEC Releases Findings from its Wrap Fee Initiative Examinations

Wrap fee programs have been on the SEC’s radar for quite a while. When the SEC published its annual examination priorities in 2017, 2018, and 2019, wrap fee programs were mentioned as putting investors at risk. On July 21, 2021, the SEC’s Division of Examinations...

SEC Examination Priorities

The SEC’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) publishes a yearly list of examination priorities. Although Registered Investment Advisers (RIAs) can expect examiners to focus on these priorities during an examination, OCIE uses a risk-based...

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...

NASAA 2019 Investment Adviser Coordinated Exam Report

Sample data from state securities examiners is collected every two years and is reported voluntarily to The North American Securities Administrators Association’s (NASAA) Investment Adviser Operations Project Group. At its recent annual meeting, NASAA has recently...

Regulatory Examination Data and Document Production Requests

Investment adviser routine examination programs and types of exams vary by state. Some are conducted online; some are conducted offsite; and, some are conducted onsite. The SEC conducts various types of routine examinations ranging from limited-scope, remote...

SEC Announces Its 2019 Examination Priorities

The SEC’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) publishes annually its examination priorities to promote transparency and provide insights into the areas it believes pose a heightened risk to investors or to the integrity of the U.S. capital...