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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.
- Trading Practices and Errors When SEC-registered investment advisors conduct annual audits of firm policies and procedures, they should pay close attention to trading practices. Though usually not required to, state-registered advisors should look at their trading practices and revise policies that do not fully protect clients.
Research magazine is now accepting entries for both of its 2011 advisor recognition programs: The Advisor Hall of Fame, which has become a benchmark of excellence in the 20 years it has run; and its ETF Advisor Hall of Fame, now in its fifth year, which has profiled advisors who make extensive use of ETFs in constructing client portfolios and building their practices.
Advisor Hall of Fame entries must be received by Sept. 2, 2011. Candidates must have served a minimum of 15 years in the industry, acquired substantial assets under management and demonstrated superior client service. A distinguished panel of outside judges will select five advisors for the recognition, which will be featured in the December 2011 issue of Research.
ETF Advisor Hall of Fame entries must be received by July 20, 2011. Our judge, Research ETF columnist Ron DeLegge, will be seeking advisors for whom ETFs are a central focus of their financial services practices; who have a large portion of total AUM invested in exchange-traded products; and who creatively use these products through portfolios that can be mixed and matched to client needs.
Follow these links for more information on the Advisor Hall of Fame and the ETF Advisor Hall of Fame, and to submit your entries.