In a Risk Alert published today on the new Marketing Rule, the SEC announced that there will be a number of upcoming specific national initiatives designed to verify adviser compliance with the new Rule, which requires full compliance by November 4, 2022.
The SEC cited a number of areas which will be reviewed including:
- Verification that advisers have adopted policies and procedures reasonably designed to prevent violations of the Marketing Rule, including objective and testable means reasonably designed to prevent violations of the rule including conducting pre-reviews and approvals of advertisements, sampling advertisements utilized based on risk, and pre-approving advertising templates
- Testing whether advisers have a reasonable basis for any statements of material facts in any advertisements
- Verification that advisers are complying with performance reporting requirements including the proper use of net performance results, appropriate performance measurement periods, related performance, extracted performance, hypothetical performance, and predecessor performance
- Verification that advisers are maintaining the books and records required by the new Marketing Rule.