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;...

Webinar – Prohibited Exemption Training for Investment Advice Fiduciaries

On December 18, 2020, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) published its final prohibited transaction exemption addressing investment advice fiduciaries to Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA) plans and individual retirement accounts (IRAs). RIA...

SEC Enforcement Actions Signal Continued Scrutiny of 12b-1 Fees, Revenue Sharing Arrangements, and Wrap Fee Programs

In recent weeks, the SEC has continued to bring enforcement actions against Registered Investment Advisers (RIAs) that breached their fiduciary duty to advisory clients. These enforcement actions demonstrate the SEC’s concerns about RIAs that breach their fiduciary...