SEC’s Examination Priorities for 2021 Reflect Continued Concern for Retail Investors

The SEC’s Division of Examinations will continue to emphasize protection for retail investors in the coming year, particularly for seniors and individuals saving for retirement. The Examination Division will evaluate whether registered investment advisers (RIAs) meet standards of conduct and will examine whether firms appropriately mitigate and disclose conflicts, regulators recently announced in releasing the SEC’s Examination Priorities for 2021. Examiners will also probe sales of retail investment products. The priorities are a continuation of the SEC’s efforts to protect retail investors. In the fiscal year 2020, the Division of Examinations: Issued more than 2,000 deficiency letters, which prompted many […]

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Modernized Marketing Rule for Investment Advisers Takes Effect on May 4

The countdown to the implementation of the modernized marketing rule for investment advisers has begun. After years in the making, the sweeping changes that the SEC made in modernizing marketing rules for investment advisers will finally take effect on May 4, 2021, 60 days after being published in the Federal Register on March 5. Firms will have 18 months, until Nov. 4, 2022, to comply with the rules, Karen Barr, president and CEO of the Investment Adviser Association, told ThinkAdvisor for a story about the effective date for the changes. A New Era in Compliance for Investment Advisers “The marketing […]

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