Wednesday, August 1, 2012

No FINRA (for now)

For the moment, FINRA as an Self Regulatory Agency is off the table. 

H.R. 4624 (the “Investment Adviser Oversight Act of 2012”), which would subject RIA firms to the absurd rulemaking, inspection and enforcement authority by FINRA, is off the table of this session of Congress.

Not a time for celebrating...

FINRA and its advocates have taken a step back to come up with a better argument and hope the SEC makes no progress on funding, increased exam coverage and credibility.

Expect to see this come back in the next session!

As a lesser of two evils, the discussion on RIA Exam Fees is back in circulation. On July 25, 2012, Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) proposed a bill that would would permit the SEC to impose user fees on SEC-registered investment advisors (note SEC only) that will be used solely to enhancing the SEC's examination program.

We see this as a likely reality that more fees are in store for advisors. This will also pave the way for states to implement exam fees.

Sadly, we have yet to see a bill that suggests the SEC actually review its methodology. 

That's politics. We'll keep you apprised of the developments.

Thank you.
- The AdvisorAssist Team