In addition to paying all the state’s registration filing fees, advisors must complete the following:
Apply for an account to FINRA’s WebCRD/IARD
FINRA does not oversee or regulate RIAs. The state only uses FINRA's system to process RIA applications, so investment advisors must apply for access to FINRA's WebCRD/IARD online platform.
Form ADV Part 1 (online portion)
Information about the RIA is found in this section of the ADV, and is the online component of your firm’s registration documentation. Form ADV Part 1 also serves the purpose of uploading ADV Part 2A and ADV Part 2B. Personal details are submitted in Form U4 and ADV Part 2B.
Form ADV Part 2A (paper and online)
Form ADV Part 2A contains information about the RIA and is considered the firm’s brochure. The firm’s fees, services offered, disclosures of disciplinary actions, and other relevant details are included. This brochure must be provided to all clients and prospects and written in plain, simple English.
Form ADV Part 2B (paper and online)
Form ADV 2B must also be given to clients by Investment Advisor Representatives. It contains details about their educational background, work history, possible conflicts of interest, and any disciplinary actions taken against them. Most often, executive Officers who offer investment advice and representatives who advise clients must also complete this form.
Code of Ethics
This filing ensures that your RIA adheres to the State of North Dakota standards.
Policy and Procedures Manual
This manual details the firm’s internal processes, such as handling customer grievances to training new Investment Advisor Representatives (IARs). It encompasses Business Continuity, Anti-Money Laundering, Information Security, and Anti-Insider Trading plans.
Client Advisory Contract
The client advisory contract must abide by the standards set by the regulatory authority in North Dakota. It must also encompass the investment policy statement.
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