The Securities and Exchange Commission’s Investor Advisory Committee approved Friday two of its subcommittee’s recommendations: one on how the SEC should move forward on crafting a fiduciary rule for brokers, and a second proposal requesting that the SEC ask Congress to allow the agency to impose user fees on advisors to fund their exams.
The recommendations were put forth by the Investor as Purchaser subcommittee, which is chaired by Barbara Roper, director of investor protection at the Consumer Federation of America.
Andrea Seidt, president of the North American Securities Administrators’ Association, noted in a statement after the Investor Advisory Committee meeting that “by authorizing the SEC to use revenue derived from the self-funding of examinations to augment [the Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations'] exam program, the legislation recommended by the IAC would permit the SEC to establish and maintain a robust advisor examination program that periodically adjusts to correspond to changes in its examination responsibilities.”
While the SEC has requested that Congress provide the agency more funding so that it can add 250 more examiners, which Seidt says is “the easiest and least expensive way” to address the problem, a user-fees bill “would appear to create a viable, long-term solution to a problem that has plagued the SEC for decades.”
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