Continuing Education Requirements Are on the Horizon for Many IARs

On November 30, 2020, the North American Securities Administrators Association (NASAA) adopted a model rule that established continuing education requirements for Investment Adviser Representatives (IARs). However, the Continuing Education (CE) model rule or similar...

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 Against Firms with Weak Cyber Policies

Rule 30(a) of Regulation S-P, better known as the Safeguards Rule, requires firms to adopt written policies and procedures to address the administrative, technical, and physical safeguards that are necessary to protect customer records and information. On August 30,...

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...