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RIA Alert: Do PPP Loans Trigger a Form ADV Disclosure?

By George C. Miller of Shustak Reynolds & Partners, P.C. posted on Monday, May 4, 2020.

In March 2020, Congress passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, injecting more than $2 trillion in emergency stimulus funds into the economy. The initial bill included approximately $350 billion in loan money to be distributed to businesses through the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). The overwhelming demand for these emergency PPP loans, which can be forgiven under certain circumstances, prompted Congress to release an additional $310 billion in loan funds in late April. With the economy grinding to a halt and wild market volatility, many small to medium-sized RIA firms were eligible for and received a portion of the $670 billion in outstanding PPP loans. Do these loans constitute a “material fact” that must be disclosed via the Form ADV? [...] Read More

What’s in a Name? Advisors, Brokers, and Regulation B-I

By George C. Miller of Shustak Reynolds & Partners, P.C. posted on Thursday, April 30, 2020.

On June 5, 2019, the SEC adopted a new rule under the Securities and Exchange Act of 1934, which requires broker-dealers and their representatives to act solely in the “best interest” of their retail clients when making investment recommendations. Among other things, “Regulation Best Interest”—or “Reg BI”—imposes new conflict-of-interest rules and requires broker-dealers to establish, maintain, and enforce policies reasonably designed to identify, and fully and fairly disclose, any such conflicts to investors. [...] Read More

No Reg BI Extension Despite Health Pandemic

By Kara Siegel of Shustak Reynolds & Partners, P.C. posted on Monday, April 13, 2020.

Although COVID-19 has upended many aspects of American life and our economy, the SEC advises that the novel coronavirus will not delay implementation of Reg BI. On June 5, 2019, the SEC adopted a new rule under the Securities and Exchange Act of 1934, which requires that broker-dealers and their representatives act solely in the “best interest” of their retail clients when making investment recommendations. [...] Read More

FINRA RULE 2010 AND ALTERING SIGNED CLIENT ACCOUNT FORMS DURING THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC

By Erwin J. Shustak of Shustak Reynolds & Partners, P.C. posted on Thursday, April 9, 2020.

FINRA rule 2010 is a sweeping provision that mandates brokers and licensed persons subject to FINRA’s jurisdiction maintain “high standards of commercial honor”. One of the most common violations of that rule, which are aggressively pursued by both employing firms and FINRA, is the prohibition against modifying, completing or altering, in any way, a signed client account document or other form. A recent case illustrates the risk to licensed persons who modify, complete or alter those forms and documents- even if they do so at the client’s request or for the client’s benefit and particularly during the coronavirus pandemic. [...] Read More

Will Morgan Stanley Compensate Clients Following Massive Order-Entry Outage?

By George C. Miller of Shustak Reynolds & Partners, P.C. posted on Wednesday, March 25, 2020.

On March 25th, Murphy’s law took full effect when Morgan Stanley’s order entry and order status systems ground to halt, blocking financial advisors and clients from viewing account information and entering trades. The firm later reported that “multiple applications are experiencing latency or may be unstable.” Some clients reported problems accessing their accounts online; others reported seeing incorrect account values and balances. [...] Read More

Investor Alert: SEC Cautions Coronavirus Investment Scams on the Rise

By George C. Miller of Shustak Reynolds & Partners, P.C. posted on Wednesday, March 25, 2020.

In February 2020, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued an alert, cautioning investors to be wary of scams tied to the Coronavirus pandemic. It is common for fraudsters to use the latest news developments to lure investors into scams. Nothing has been more prevalent on the news over the past several weeks than Coronavirus/Covid-19. [...] Read More

The Coronavirus Pandemic Presents a Unique Financial Advisor Transition Scenario

By George C. Miller of Shustak Reynolds & Partners, P.C. posted on Wednesday, March 25, 2020.

The past several weeks (which have felt like years) have turned the financial industry on its head. The market has seen unprecedented declines, followed by unprecedented increases as Congress shored up a $2 Trillion—with a T—economic bailout package. That staggering figure represents approximately 10% of the entire country’s annual gross domestic production. Just one of many unprecedented steps the government, and society, have taken to curb the damage caused by the virus. [...] Read More

Reminder: Form ADV Annual Amendment Filing Deadline and Potential Relief

By Robert R. Boeche II of Shustak Reynolds & Partners, P.C. posted on Thursday, March 19, 2020.

This is a reminder to registered investment advisers about the requirements surrounding your Form ADV annual amendment filing. For most registered advisers,[1] the deadline to file the firm’s Form ADV is rapidly approaching. According to Rule 204-1 of the Investment Advisers Act of 1940, as amended (the “Advisers Act”), registered advisers are required to file an annual amendment to Form ADV Parts 1 and 2 “annually, within 90 days of the end of your fiscal year.” [...] Read More

What is the California Consumer Privacy Act?

By Joseph M. Mellano of Shustak Reynolds & Partners, P.C. posted on Monday, March 16, 2020.

The California Consumer Privacy Act (“CCPA”), which took effect on January 1, 2020, significantly changes businesses’ legal obligations in collecting and maintaining consumers’ personal data. Importantly, the CCPA does not apply to all California businesses. The law applies only to non-governmental, for-profit entities that “[do] business in the State of California” and (a) have gross adjusted annual revenues in excess of $25,000,000; (b) annually buy, sell, or receive personal data of 50,000 or more consumers, households, or devices; or (c) derive more than half of their annual revenue from selling consumers’ personal information. [...] Read More

Form CRS – What Does it Mean for Registered Investment Advisers

By Robert R. Boeche II of Shustak Reynolds & Partners, P.C. posted on Wednesday, March 4, 2020.

A lot of noise has been made about the new Form CRS, but what exactly does it mean for registered investment advisers? On June 5, 2019, the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) adopted Form CRS and new rules, as well as amendments to its forms and rules, under both the Investment Advisers Act of 1940 (“Advisers Act”) and the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (“Exchange Act”). While changes to the Exchange Act were substantive, for purposes of this article, only changes to the Advisers Act and subsequent additional requirements to investment advisers registered with the SEC will be discussed. Below is a “Q&A” of some of the more common questions being asked about Form CRS. [...] Read More