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- Disaster Recovery Plans and Succession Planning RIAs owe a fiduciary duty to clients to prepare for disasters and other contingencies. If an RIA does not have a disaster recovery plan, clients financial well-being may be jeopardized. RIAs should also engage in succession planning, ensuring a smooth transaction if an owner or principal leaves.
- Suitability and Fiduciary Duty Recommending suitable investments is more than just a regulatory obligation. Many investors bring cases claiming lack of suitability, so RIAs must continuously put the onus on clients to notify the advisor of changes in their financial situation.
The U.S. Department of Labor's Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA) has further extended the applicability and effective dates of the final rule on investment advice under the Pension Protection Act to May 17, 2010.
As the DOL explains in the November 16 release announcing the extension, on January 21, 2009, the DOL published a final rule governing the provision of investment advice under the prohibited transaction provisions of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA). On March 20, the department extended the applicability and effective dates of the final regulation from March 23 to May 22. On May 22, the applicability and effective dates were further extended to Nov. 18.
"The department since has determined that additional time is necessary to consider the legal and policy issues raised by comments on the final rule," DOL states in the release. The "extension of the effective and applicability dates will afford the department the additional time to determine appropriate steps to be taken."