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Golden RuleThus far, our review of the necessary components of your compliance program has focused on discrete areas. This post focuses on another equally important aspect of your compliance program that touches all of those other areas; ensuring the accuracy of your disclosures. After all, what’s the point of putting in all of the hours to

IcebergIn our last post, Craig began our discussion of trading practices by examining an adviser’s duty to obtain best execution. This post continues our trading practice discussion with a focus on soft dollar arrangements.

Soft dollar arrangements generally arise when an adviser receives research or brokerage products or services from a broker-dealer in exchange

portfolioIn a previous blog post, we discussed an adviser’s fiduciary duty to provide advice based on the client’s financial situation and investment objectives. In today’s post, we’ll examine the practical implications of this requirement from a compliance prospective.

Craig noted in our last entry that Advisers Act Rule 206(4)-7 (the “Compliance Rule”) requires that

equationWith the deadline for the annual update to Form ADV closing in at the end of March, let’s examine one aspect of Form ADV disclosure which impacts a majority, if not all, robo-advisory firms – algorithm related disclosure.

Your firm likely utilizes a proprietary algorithm to automatically determine client asset allocation among a limited set

PerformanceIn our last post, Craig laid out the process of advertising a performance track record. That’s great, if you have a track record. What about a newly operational robo-adviser with no performance history? Your firm likely has spent considerable resources building and developing an investment strategy and corresponding algorithm. But without a client base,

Early Stage DevelopmentSo, you’ve decided to launch a robo-advisory firm? Understandably, your first considerations are likely tied to the functionality of your product. Perhaps the final testing of your algorithm is complete, and your attention has turned to how clients will use your product. What will your client interface look like? How will client information be collected?