March 9, 2017: The law of unintended consequences has struck again … this time its target is the investment advisory community wherein advisers who eschew custody and indeed have written policies which prohibit custody, may in fact retain custody and therefore be noncompliant with U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) Rule 206(4)-2 pursuant to the Investment Advisers Act of 1940, as amended (“Advisers Act”).
The occurrence of unintended custody is a process wherein the custodian and the client, without adviser participation or direct knowledge, execute a custodian agreement which conveys to the adviser access to client funds. Advisers prohibiting client custody under this scenario are now deemed to have client custody. If you are such an adviser, the SEC wants you to know that your firm has the obligation to fully comply with Custody Rule 206(4)-2. Read More