We discuss the Due Diligence of Investments on episode 67 of the CCO Buzz.
CCO Buzz: Hello and welcome back to the CCO Buzz! On this episode, a Senior Compliance Consultant joins us to discuss the due diligence of investments.
In a previous CCO Buzz episode, we discussed vendor due diligence. Are there any other types of due diligence requirements?
Senior Compliance Consultant: Yes, there is a very important due diligence requirement that advisors should consider and that’s due diligence of investments.
CCO Buzz: Investment advisers are required to perform due diligence on the investments they recommend?
Senior Compliance Consultant: Absolutely, it’s a very important fiduciary requirement.
CCO Buzz: What are advisers required to do regarding due diligence of investments?
Senior Compliance Consultant: Well, as fiduciaries, advisors are required to act in the best interest of their clients. This includes having a system or methodology for recommending or not recommending a particular investment and documenting that review.
CCO Buzz: How would an advisor go about performing due diligence on a particular investment?
Senior Compliance Consultant: Well, the extent of the investigation will vary greatly depending on the type of investment. For example, investigating an individual stock can involve documenting the advisor’s screening criteria and documenting how a particular stock meets that criteria. The recommendation of a Private Fund would require a more thorough investigation involving a review of management, financials, [and/or] underlying strategies, for example.
CCO Buzz: Are there any other best practices around due diligence of investments?
Senior Compliance Consultant: Yes, I often recommend, not only documenting the investments that you are recommending, but also those that you may reject for recommendation to your clients. This documentation can go a long way in demonstrating your selection process as opposed to reflecting simple investment cheerleading.
CCO Buzz: Do you have any other recommendations?
Senior Compliance Consultant: Yes, it’s very important to create policies and procedures around performing investment due diligence and include these policies in your Policies and Procedures Manual.
CCO Buzz: Any last thoughts?
Senior Compliance Consultant: Sure, creating policies and procedures around due diligence of investments can seem like a daunting process if you don’t have the pre-requisite experience. Core Compliance & Legal Services can provide assistance if needed. Firm‘s can contact us for assistance by calling our main office at (619) 278-0020.
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