Change to New York IAR Registration

Change to New York IAR Registration

On December 1, 2020, the state of New York adopted new regulations that amended its Investment Advisory Act to require the registration of investment adviser representatives (“IAR”) including principals, supervisors, and solicitors through the WebCRD/IARD system. Prior to the rule change, New York was the only state that did not license IAR via the WebCRD/IARD system. The change to to New York IAR registration will go into effect on February 1, 2021 for all new registrants, and December 2, 2021 for any New York IARs already providing services, provided they apply for registration by August 31, 2021. The Amendments The Read more about Change to New York IAR Registration[…]

Exclusions from the Definition Investment Advisor
When Do You Have to Register as an Investment Adviser?

When Do You Have to Register as an Investment Adviser?

The Investment Advisers Act of 1940 defines an investment adviser as any person who, for compensation, engages in the business of advising others as too the value of securities or the advisability of investing in securities or, as part of regular business, issues analyses or reports concerning securities.

Any person who is considered an investment adviser will be subject to the Investment Adviser Act of 1940 and be required to register with either the SEC or the States. A person would be considered an investment adviser if they engaged in these three activities:

  • Provides investment advice, reports, or analysis with respect to securities;
  • Is in the business of providing advice or analysis; and
  • Receives compensation, directly or indirectly, for these services.

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Investment Advisor Representative Registration

Investment Advisor Representative Registration

Individuals looking to be in the business of giving investment advice for compensation will most likely need to register as an investment advisor representative (“IAR”). There are a couple of differences between becoming an IAR and a registered investment advisor(“RIA”). Most notably, only a natural person (a human being and not an entity) can be considered and IAR, and IARs never register with the SEC, only with the individual states. For an example of how to register with a state, check out the process for registering as an IAR with the state of Georgia on the Georgia Secretary of State’s website.

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FINRA Rule 3241: Registered Person as Customer’s Beneficiary

FINRA Rule 3241: Registered Person as Customer’s Beneficiary

On October 29, 2020 FINRA released a regulatory notice detailing Rule 3241, a new rule that limits any associated person of a member firm who is registered with FINRA from being named a beneficiary, executor or trustee, or to have a power of attorney or similar position of trust for or on behalf of a customer. The rule requires the member firm with which the registered person is associated, upon receiving required written notice from the registered person, to review and approve or disapprove the registered person assuming such status or acting in such capacity. Rule 3241 does not apply where the customer is a member of the registered person’s “immediate family, and becomes effective February 15, 2021

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Acting in the Best Interest of Your Elderly Clients

Acting in the Best Interest of Your Elderly Clients

As the baby boomer generation reaches retirement age, regulators have increased their focus on protecting senior investors. A new study released by the FINRA Investor Education Foundation (FINRA Foundation), in collaboration with researchers from Duke University and Rush University Medical Center suggests that overconfidence in financial knowledge may lead to excessive risk taking among older investors. This is a good time for your firm to sit down and review your accounts held by elderly clients and determine if their portfolio and investment strategy actually fits their needs.

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