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- Preventing and Dealing with Client Complaints Although the SEC has not provided specific guidance on how client complaints should be handled, a firms policies and procedures should provide clear direction how to do so, as neglecting complaints can exacerbate a bad situation.
- Using Solicitors to Attract Clients Rule 206(4)-3 under the Investment Advisors Act establishes requirements governing cash payments to solicitors. The rule permits payment of cash referral fees to individuals and companies recommending clients to an RIA, but requires four conditions are first satisfied.
The head of the fund-industry's advocacy group has outlined the regulatory reforms that most need Washington's attention. Here's the list, compiled by Paul Schott Stevens of the Investment Company Institute:
o Establish a single U.S. capital markets regulator for the SEC and Commodity Futures Trading Commission.
o Update the securities laws and harmonize laws that regulate brokers and investment advisors.
o Enlarge the mission; tough enforcement of securities laws must include smart oversight.
o Pay attention to agency management, including a better mix of disciplines on SEC staff, and
o Restructure staff offices.
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