SEC Hoping to Take Control Over Adviser Oversight With Stepped Up Exams

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The SEC continues its efforts to prove that it is up to the task when it comes to adviser oversight. Chairwoman Mary Jo White recently testified before Congress that increasing adviser examinations is a top priority.

White was before Congress to lobby for additional SEC funding. The agency is hoping for a 27 percent budgetary increase, part of which would be used to hire an additional 250 investment adviser examiners.

“Significant additional coverage is essential if investors are to be appropriately protected,” she stated. White further acknowledged that only eight percent of registered advisers underwent SEC scrutiny in fiscal 2012.

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