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...

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,...

SEC Disciplines RIAs for Non-Compliant Hypothetical Performance Advertising

On September 11, 2023, the SEC continued its crackdown on Registered Investment Advisers (RIAs) using hypothetical performance advertising by bringing cases against nine advisers. RIAs that advertise hypothetical performance, or plan to do so, should read these SEC...

RIA’s Hypothetical Performance Ads Cause Real Life Compliance Problems

On August 21, 2023, the SEC charged a New York-based FinTech investment adviser with using misleading hypothetical performance metrics in the firm’s advertisements. This enforcement action is particularly noteworthy, because it is the first case brought involving...