Compliance Considerations for Adding ESG Assets to Your Client Portfolios

Investment Advisers who fail to adopt or acknowledge the societal mind-shift towards sustainability may lose out on potential investors.
Whereas such shifting trends may have been ignored several years ago, overlooking the importance of incorporating investments that adhere to responsible Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) practices may border on an investment adviser’s failure to act in the best interest of their investors.
However, it is advisable to take the necessary steps to mitigate risk when adding ESG investment assets to clients’ portfolios.… Read More

Risk Mitigation in Incorporating Emerging Tech Trends into Client Portfolios

Just as with many other sectors of the economy, the securities industry has experienced a fast-coming barrage of changes to the business of investing, most of all in emerging technologies.
Investment Advisers may have ignored the changes in technology several years ago, but those who provide investment advisory services can no longer avoid the fact that clients’ portfolio needs have evolved, and they may fail to act in the best interest of their investors should they overlook it. However, there are some important factors to consider when incorporating new types of assets into clients’ portfolios and steps to take to mitigate risks.… Read More

California to Implement NASAA Continuing Education Model Rule in 2024

In November 2020, the North American Securities Administrators Association (NASAA) introduced the Continuing Education Model Rule to help firms and practitioners in the investment advisory space better serve their clients and maintain regulatory compliance. NASAA, which is tasked with promoting excellence in the securities industry, has expanded to 19 member states who have pledged to protect investors and promote integrity in the business by facilitating ongoing education for IARs. California is one of several states who will adopt the Model Rule in the upcoming year. … Read More

How to Effectively Manage Your Cybersecurity Program

In the fast-paced and technology-driven landscape of the financial industry, managing cybersecurity risks is paramount. To ensure your organization’s legal compliance, and to safeguard sensitive data, it’s essential to maintain a robust incident response plan that is not only up to date but also routinely tested. In the financial industry, a reactive approach to cybersecurity is insufficient. To effectively manage legal risks associated with cyber threats, it is important to prioritize a proactive cybersecurity strategy.… Read More

Year-End Compliance Review Checklist for Advisory Businesses

Advisory businesses and professionals have experienced a lot of changes to regulations this past year, which has made it understandably challenging to remain compliant. With many regulations going into effect in 2024, and regulatory bodies’ commitment to enforcing those regulations, there is no time like the present to undertake a robust and comprehensive year-end review of your compliance program. … Read More

House Hearing on SEC’s Approach to Rulemaking

On November 2, 2023, the U.S. House of Representatives Financial Services Subcommittee on Capital Markets held a hearing on what was termed, ‘The SEC’s Agenda: Unintended Consequences for U.S. Capital Markets and Investors” to explore whether the enforcement actions and new proposals and regulations put forth by the SEC was inadvertently harming the market.… Read More

The New California Digital Asset Bill

What does the new Digital Financial Assets Law mean for firms and individuals in the investment advisory space?
Investment companies and investment advisers managing digital assets may be required to comply with regulations under the new Digital Financial Assets Law. Conversely, broker-dealers are exempt along with banks and technology network providers. In addition, the new law exempts individuals or entities who manage digital asset securities which is a digital financial asset pegged against government-backed currency.
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Requirements Under SEC Rules and Regulations for the Auditors of Private Funds

Private funds, which include hedge funds, private equity firms, and other investment entities, operate within a complex regulatory framework in the United States. The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) is the primary overseer, with rules drawn from legislation such as the Investment Company Act of 1940. This article sheds light on the stringent requirements that the SEC imposes on the auditors of private funds to ensure accuracy, fairness, and transparency in the financial markets.… Read More

Investment Advisers: SEC Examination Priorities for 2024

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has charged Titan Global Capital Management over $1 million for violating the SEC’s new marketing rule. The New York-based RIA was charged with misrepresenting hypothetical performance metrics in advertising when it promoted a crypto investment strategy with returns as high as 2,700%.

The company is the first to face SEC enforcement actions under the new Marketing Rule, setting the precedence that the SEC is paying close attention to advisers who disregard or fail to meet the requirements of the investment adviser Marketing Rule.  … Read More

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