SEC Raises "Qualified Client" Thresholds

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On July 12, the Securities and Exchange Commission issued an order raising the thresholds for determining who is a "qualified client" for purposes of Rule 205-3 under the Investment Advisers Act of 1940. Rule 205-3 exempts an investment adviser from the prohibition against charging a client performance fees in certain circumstances, including when the client is a qualified client. Under the order, a qualified client is one who: (1) has at least $1 million under the management of the adviser immediately after entering into the advisory contract, or (2) the adviser reasonably believes has a net worth of more than $2 million at the time the contract is entered into. These thresholds were raised from $750,000 and $1,500,000, respectively, to adjust for inflation, as required by the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. The SEC's order becomes effective on September 19.

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