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SEC Issues Risk Alert and Investor Bulletin on Investment Adviser Custody Rule

Washington, D.C., March 4, 2013 — The Securities and Exchange Commission today issued a Risk Alert on compliance with its custody rule for investment advisers and it also issued an Investor Bulletin about the rule, which is designed to protect advisory clients from theft or misuse of their funds and securities.Read more


SEC Seeks Information to Assess Standards of Conduct and Other Obligations of Broker-Dealers and Investment Advisers

Washington, D.C., March 1, 2013 — The Securities and Exchange Commission today published a request for data and other information to assist the agency in considering whether to make new rules about the standards of conduct and regulatory obligations for broker-dealers and investment advisers when they provide personalized investment advice about securities to retail customers.Read more


China-Based Company and Former CFO to Pay Penalties for Disclosure and Accounting Violations

Washington, D.C., Feb. 28, 2013 — The Securities and Exchange Commission today charged a China-based petrochemical company and its former chief financial officer with accounting and disclosure violations, and they agreed to pay more than $1 million combined to settle the charges.Read more


Investor Bulletin: Insider Transactions and Forms 3, 4, and 5

The SEC’s Office of Investor Education and Advocacy is issuing this Investor Bulletin to help educate investors about SEC Forms 3, 4, and 5. The federal securities laws require certain individuals (such as officers, directors, and those that hold more than 10% of any class of a company’s securities, together we’ll call, “insiders”) to report purchases, sales, and holdings of their company’s securities by filing Forms 3, 4, and 5.Read more


Investor Bulletin: Investing in an IPO

Historically, an initial public offering, or IPO, has referred to the first time a company offers its shares of capital stock to the general public. Under the federal securities laws, a company may not lawfully offer or sell shares unless the transaction has been registered with the SEC or an exemption applies...Read more