Initial Response to the Revised Custody Rule
Posted by Investment Management Group Jul 21, 2011 7:50:27 PM
Effective March 12, 2010, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) adopted amendments to Rule 206(4)-2 of the Investment Advisors Act of 1940 (the “Custody Rule”). These amendments are designed to provide additional safeguards when a registered advisor is deemed to have custody of client funds or securities by requiring the advisor to undergo an annual surprise examination by an independent public accountant who is subject to regular inspection by the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board. The annual surprise examination procedures are designed to verify that client funds and securities, of which an investment advisor has custody, are held by a qualified custodian and either in a separate account for each client or under the advisor’s name as agent or trustee for the client.