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Links to Regulatory Materials for Financial Professional Standards

Date: 31 July 2019
By: Richard F. Kerr, Pablo J. Man, Eden L. Rohrer, C. D. Peterson, Andrew J. Shipe

At an Open Meeting on June 5, 2019, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) formally adopted four regulatory measures intended to enhance the protection of retail investors while preserving existing investment industry business models and the ability of investors to choose among different types of providers. Specifically, the SEC adopted: (1) new Regulation Best Interest; (2) new Form CRS; (3) an interpretation of an investment adviser’s fiduciary duties; and (4) an interpretation of the “solely incidental” prong of the broker-dealer exclusion from the definition of an “investment adviser” under the Investment Advisers Act of 1940. The materials on this webpage include, among other things, links to the adopting and proposing releases for each of these actions, as well as to the related state initiatives that seek to impose different or heightened standards of conduct on investment advisers and broker-dealers.

SEC Adopting Releases

Press Releases, Statements, Speeches, and Other Materials

FINRA Materials

Notable State Initiatives

SEC Proposed Rules


[1] See also Staff of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, Study on Investment Advisers and Broker-Dealers As Required by Section 913 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (Jan. 2011) (“913 Study”) at 8-12, available at (discussing the range of brokerage and dealer services provided by broker-dealers).

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