WSR 13-07-082

PROPOSED RULES

DEPARTMENT OF

FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS
(Securities Division)

[ Filed March 20, 2013, 11:09 a.m. ]

     Original Notice.

     Preproposal statement of inquiry was filed as WSR 10-07-089.

     Title of Rule and Other Identifying Information: The securities division proposes to amend the investment adviser rules in chapter 460-24A WAC. The amendments would update various provisions of the investment adviser rules, including the rules regarding examination and registration requirements, financial reporting requirements, custody, performance compensation arrangements, books and records requirements, and unethical business practices. The amendments would add new rule sections addressing compliance policies and procedures, proxy voting, and advisory contracts. In addition, the amendments would create exemptions from registration for certain private fund and venture capital fund advisers. The amendments would repeal WAC 460-24A-058, which defines when an application is considered filed; and make additional updates, clarifications, and changes to the rules.

     Hearing Location(s): Department of Financial Institutions (DFI), 150 Israel Road S.W., Tumwater, WA 98501, on May 21, 2013, at 1 p.m.

     Date of Intended Adoption: May 22, 2013.

     Submit Written Comments to: Jill Vallely, Associate General Counsel, Securities Division, P.O. Box 9033, Olympia, WA 98507-9033, e-mail jill.vallely@dfi.wa.gov, fax (360) 704-7035, by May 13, 2013.

     Assistance for Persons with Disabilities: Contact Carolyn Hawkey, P.O. Box 9033, Olympia, WA 98507, by May 13, 2013, TTY (360) 664-8126 or (360) 902-8760.

     Purpose of the Proposal and Its Anticipated Effects, Including Any Changes in Existing Rules: The securities division proposes to amend the rules in chapter 460-24A WAC in order to address changes in the federal law and updates to NASAA model rules, and to increase protections for the investing public who may use the services of investment advisers. The proposed rules would make the following changes:


• Amend the definitions section at WAC 460-24A-005;
• Create a new section at WAC 460-24A-035 which clarifies who is a client and specifies how to count clients for the purposes of determining who needs to register as an investment adviser under RCW 21.20.040(3);
• Update the examination and registration requirements at WAC 460-24A-050 to make them consistent with NASAA model rules;
• Amend the financial reporting requirements at WAC 460-24A-060 to require advisers who have custody to file an audited balance sheet with the securities division. In addition, advisers who have custody as defined by WAC 460-24A-005 (1)(a)(iii) and who comply with the safekeeping requirements in WAC 460-24A-107 (1)(b) by providing audited financial statements of the pooled investment vehicle must file those financial statements with the securities division;
• Create a new section at WAC 460-24A-071 which adds an exemption from investment adviser registration for advisers to qualified private funds (which does not apply to advisers exempt from federal registration under Section 3 (c)(1) of the Investment Advisers Act of 1940);
• Create a new section at WAC 460-24A-072 which adds an exemption from investment adviser registration for venture capital fund advisers;
• Create a new section at WAC 460-24A-080 which provides for the termination of pending applications where the applicants have taken no action for nine months;
• Amend the custody rules at WAC 460-24A-105, 460-24A-106, and 460-24A-107 to require certain written agreements and to clarify the requirements for account statements to pooled investment vehicles;
• Create a new section at WAC 460-24A-120 which requires investment advisers with more than one employee to adopt compliance policies and procedures reasonably designed to prevent violations of the Securities Act by the adviser and its supervised persons;
• Create a new section at WAC 460-24A-125 which requires investment advisers who vote client securities to adopt policies and procedures reasonably designed to ensure that the adviser votes in the best interest of the clients;
• Create a new section at WAC 460-24A-130 which clarifies the requirements for investment advisory contracts;
• Update the brochure rule at WAC 460-24A-145 to make it consistent with the NASAA model rule;
• Amend the performance compensation rule at WAC 460-24A-150 consistent with the NASAA model rule and the Securities and Exchange Commission's amended rule;
• Amend the books and records requirement at WAC 460-24A-200 to clarify additional record-keeping requirements;
• Amend the unethical business practices rule at WAC 460-24A-220 to specify additional unethical practices;
• Repeal WAC 460-24A-058, which defined when an application was considered filed; and
• Make additional updates, amendments, and clarifications.

     Reasons Supporting Proposal: The proposed amendments should be adopted in order to reflect changes in federal law which impact the state regulation of investment advisers. The amendments will incorporate provisions from updated NASAA model rules which will help create uniformity among the states. In addition, the securities division believes the amendments should be adopted because they will provide increased protections for the investing public who use the services of investment advisers or invest in pooled investment vehicles managed by investment advisers.

     Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 21.20.005, [21.20].020, [21.20].030, [21.20.]040, [21.20].050, [21.20].060, [21.20].070, [21.20].080, [21.20].090, [21.20].100, [21.20].330, [21.20].340, [21.20].450, and [21.20].702.

     Statute Being Implemented: Chapter 21.20 RCW.

     Rule is necessary because of federal law, Dodd-Frank Act enacted July 21, 2010, Public Law No. 111-203.

     Name of Proponent: DFI, securities division, governmental.

     Name of Agency Personnel Responsible for Drafting: Jill Vallely, 150 Israel Road S.W., Tumwater, WA 98501, (360) 902-8760; Implementation: Scott Jarvis, Director, DFI, 150 Israel Road S.W., Tumwater, WA 98501, (360) 902-8760; and Enforcement: William Beatty, Director, Securities, 150 Israel Road S.W., Tumwater, WA 98501, (360) 902-8760.

     A small business economic impact statement has been prepared under chapter 19.85 RCW.

Small Business Economic Impact Statement

     Introduction: This small business economic impact statement (SBEIS) is written in support of proposed rule amendments drafted by the department of financial institutions, securities division (securities division) to amend the rules in chapter 460-24A WAC pertaining to investment advisers.

     The investment adviser rules have not been amended since 2008. Since that time, there have been many changes in the financial industry and in the laws regulating investment advisers. For instance, as a result of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, the number of investment advisers subject to state registration has increased. In addition, there have been numerous changes and updates to NASAA model rules, which are adopted by many states for use in the regulation of investment advisers. Many of the proposed amendments to the rules would make Washington's rules consistent with current federal law and NASAA model rules. The securities division has also identified certain rules which could be improved to increase investor protection and to reduce the potential for fraud.

     The securities division has involved its registered investment advisers and noticed filed investment advisers throughout the rule-making process and has made changes to the proposed rule amendments in response [to] their concerns. The securities division finds that the proposed rule amendments should be adopted in order to better protect clients of investment advisers in Washington.

     Procedural Background: On March 19, 2010, the Washington securities division filed a CR-101 preproposal statement of inquiry with the code reviser's office stating that it was considering possible updates, amendments, and additions to its investment adviser rules. The securities division subsequently prepared a draft of amendments to its investment adviser rules which was distributed to interested persons in a mailing on August 13, 2012. The securities division also conducted a survey of state registered investment advisers and notice filed investment advisers to determine the costs associated with the rule amendments.

     Since that time, the securities division has made certain changes to the draft amendments in response to feedback received from investment advisers registered or notice [noticed] filed in the state of Washington. The securities division now intends to proceed with the rule making to amend chapter 460-24A WAC by formally proposing the draft amendments in a CR-102 filing with the code reviser.

     Summary of Proposed Rule Amendments: The proposed rule amendments would amend twenty-seven rule sections under chapter 460-24A WAC, create seven new sections, and repeal one section.

     The amendments would update various provisions of the investment adviser rules, including the rules regarding financial reporting requirements, custody, performance compensation arrangements, books and records, and unethical business practices. The amendments would add new rule sections addressing proxy voting, advisory contracts, and compliance procedures and practices, and would create exemptions from registration for certain private fund advisers and venture capital fund advisers. Many of these changes would make Washington's rules consistent with current federal law and NASAA model rules. Finally, the amendments would repeal WAC 460-24A-058, which defined when an application for investment adviser or investment adviser representative registration is considered filed. The securities division determined that this rule section was unnecessary. The proposed amendments are described in greater detail below:

     Financial Reporting Requirements: The rule making would amend the financial reporting requirements in WAC 460-24A-060. The amendments would require investment advisers who have custody, or who require payment of advisory fees six months in advance and in excess of $500 per client, to file an audited balance sheet with the securities division each year. Currently, a balance sheet must be filed but it does not need to be audited. In addition, the amendments would require advisers who have custody as defined in WAC 460-24A-005 (1)(a)(iii) (management of a pooled investment vehicle) and who have indicated they will comply with the safekeeping requirements of WAC 460-24A-107 (1)(b) by providing audited financial statements of the pooled investment vehicle to limited partners, to file the audited statements of the pooled investment vehicle with the securities division. Under the current rules, the annual audited financial statements are provided to investors to fulfill the safekeeping requirements but are not required to be filed with the securities division.

     Custody: The amendments would make various changes and clarifications to the custody rules for investment advisers at WAC 460-24A-105, 460-24A-106, and 460-24A-107. Under the current WAC 460-24A-105, if the investment adviser sends account statements, rather than the qualified custodian, an independent certified public accountant (CPA) must verify client funds and securities by examination once per year. The amendments to WAC 460-24A-105 would provide that the investment adviser enter into a written agreement with the CPA who will provide these services. The agreement must contain certain provisions specified in the amendments that are designed to protect against fraud. In addition, an investment adviser who acts as a qualified custodian must enter into an agreement with an independent CPA to conduct an examination to verify funds and securities.

     The amendments will revise WAC 460-24A-106 to clarify that advisers who have the authority to directly deduct fees from client accounts must comply with the custody requirements in WAC 460-24A-105 as well as the additional safekeeping requirements specified in WAC 460-24A-106.

     The amendments revise WAC 460-24A-107, which provides additional custody requirements for investment advisers that manage pooled investment vehicles. The amendments would require that if the additional custody requirements in WAC 460-24A-107(1) are met by engaging an independent party to authorize withdrawals, the investment adviser must enter into a written agreement with the independent party. The amendments specify that if the adviser uses an independent party to meet the requirements of WAC 460-24A-107 (1)(a), the investment adviser is not required to comply with the net worth and bonding requirements for an investment adviser with custody. If the adviser meets the additional custody requirements of WAC 460-24A-107(1) by providing audited financial statements, the rule amendments specify to whom and when the audited financial statements must be delivered.

     Finally, the amendments to WAC 460-24A-107 clarify that an investment adviser to a pooled investment vehicle must deliver account statements to each limited partner or beneficial owner of the pooled investment vehicle. The account statements must include the total amount of all additions and withdrawals to the fund, the opening and closing value at the end of the quarter, a listing of all long and short positions on the closing date of the statements, the total amount of additions to and withdrawals from the fund by the investor, and the total value of the investor's interest in the fund at the end of the quarter.

     Performance Compensation Arrangements: The rule making will make several changes to WAC 460-24A-150, which addresses performance compensation arrangements. The amendments adopt the formula for permitted performance compensation arrangements and disclosure requirements found in the current NASAA performance-based compensation exemption for investment advisers model rule. In addition, the amendments add provisions to conform to the proposed revisions to the NASAA performance-based compensation exemption for investment advisers model rule. These provisions state that advisers who are not registered or required to be registered may enter into performance-based compensation agreements. They also clarify that a beneficial owner of an equity interest in certain investment vehicles is a client for the purpose of the performance compensation rule. The rule amendments also adopt transition rules that allow performance-based compensation arrangements that were permitted by the rule in place at the time the advisory contract was signed.

     Books and Records: The rule making will amend WAC 460-24A-200, which specifies the books and records to be maintained by investment advisers. The amendments will add the following to the books and records that must be maintained:


• Written information about each security an adviser recommends a client buy or sell that is the basis for making any recommendation or providing any investment advice to such client;
• Records to be maintained following inadvertent custody of client securities or funds, pursuant to the NASAA custody requirements for investment advisers model rule; and
• A copy of a written business continuity plan which identifies procedures to be followed in the event of an emergency or significant business disruption and which is reasonably designed to enable the investment adviser to meet its fiduciary obligations to clients.

     The amendments will require investment advisers who have custody to keep the following additional records:


• A copy of all documents executed by the client under which the adviser is authorized of [or] permitted to withdraw a client's funds or securities maintained with a custodian upon the adviser's instruction to the custodian;
• A copy of each client's quarterly account statements as generated and delivered by the qualified custodian, plus any statements generated by the adviser and delivered to the client;
• Any special examination reports;
• Any findings by the independent CPA of any material discrepancies;
• Evidence of the client's designation of an independent representative, if applicable;
• For investment advisers who manage a pooled investment vehicle: Current account statements, and specific records to demonstrate compliance with either WAC 460-24A-107 (1)(a) or (b); and
• For investment advisers with custody under WAC 460-24A-109(3): A copy of the written statement and signed acknowledgment given to each beneficial owner explaining why the adviser is not complying with WAC 460-24A-105.

     In addition, the rule making will revise the provisions regarding records retention and preservation in WAC 460-24A-200(7) in order to conform to the NASAA investment advisers recordkeeping model rule.

     Unethical Practices: The rule making will amend WAC 460-24A-220, which specifies certain practices as unethical business practices for investment advisers.

     The unethical business practices rule currently states that it applies to investment advisers and federal covered advisers. The amendments add that the rule applies to investment adviser representative[s] as well. The amendments clarify that advisers may not disclose any current or former client's financial information unless required by law or consented to by the client. The amendments clarify that the adviser may not enter into an advisory contract that does not comply with the draft rule at WAC 460-24A-130.

     In addition, the amendments specify that it is an unethical business practice for investment advisers, investment adviser representatives, and federal covered advisers to make in the solicitation of clients, any untrue statement of fact, or omitting to state a material fact necessary in order to make the statement made, in light of the circumstances in which it was made, not misleading.

     Proxy Voting: The rule making will add a new section to the rules, WAC 460-24A-125, which will require investment advisers who exercise voting authority with respect to client securities to adopt policies and procedures that are designed to ensure that the adviser votes client securities in the best interest of the clients. Investment advisers who exercise voting authority must disclose to clients how they can obtain information on how their securities were voted.

     Advisory Contracts: The rule making will add a new section to the rules, WAC 460-24A-130, which specifies the requirements for the investment advisory contract. The rule is based on the NASAA model rule on the contents of the investment advisory contract and incorporates existing advisory contract requirements currently found in the unethical practices provision at WAC 460-24A-220(16). The draft rule states it is unlawful under RCW 21.20.020 and 21.20.030 to enter into an advisory contract unless it provides in writing:


• The services to be provided, the term of the contract, the investment advisory fee, the formula for computing the fee, the amount of prepaid fee to be returned in the event of termination or nonperformance of the contract, and whether and the extent to which the contract grants discretionary authority to the adviser and any limits on such authority;
• That no direct or indirect assignment or transfer [of] the contract may be made without the written consent of the client;
• That the adviser shall not be compensated on the basis of a share of capital gains except as permitted under WAC 460-24A-150;
• That if the adviser is a partnership, it shall notify the client of any change to the membership of the partnership within a reasonable time after the change;
• That if the adviser has custody as a consequence of its authority to make withdrawals from client accounts to pay the adviser's advisory fees, that the contract gives the adviser the authority to deduct fees from the account held by the qualified custodian;
• The nature and extent to which the adviser is granted proxy voting authority with respect to client securities;
• The terms for termination of the contract;
• The nature and extent to which the adviser may electronically deliver documents including account statements and fee invoices, and the extent and manner in which the client may opt out of receiving documents electronically; and
• That the contract shall be governed by the laws of the state in which the client resides.

     Compliance Procedures and Practices: The rule making would create new section WAC 460-24A-120, concerning compliance procedures and practices. The rule states that it is unlawful for an investment adviser who has more than one employee to provide investment advice unless the adviser adopts and implements written procedures reasonably designed to prevent violations of the Securities Act of Washington by the investment adviser and its supervised persons. The rule specifies that such policies must be reviewed for adequacy at least annually, and an individual must be designated as responsible for administering the policies and procedures.

     Additional Provisions: In addition to the changes listed above, the rule making will:


• Create new section WAC 460-24A-071 which adds an exemption from investment adviser registration for advisers to qualified private funds (which does not apply to advisers of section 3 (c)(1) funds);
• Create new section WAC 460-24A-072 which adds an exemption from investment adviser registration for venture capital fund advisers;
• Create new section WAC 460-24A-035 which clarifies who is a client and specifies how to count clients for the purposes of determining who needs to register as an investment adviser under RCW 21.20.040(3);
• Create new section WAC 460-24A-080 which provides for the termination of pending applications where the applicants have taken no action for nine months;
• Update the examination and registration requirements at WAC 460-24A-050 to make them consistent with NASAA model rules;
• Update the brochure rule at WAC 460-24A-145 to make it consistent with the NASAA model rule;
• Repeal WAC 460-24A-058 which defined when an application was considered filed; and
• Make additional updates, amendments, and clarifications.

     Need for Economic Impact Statement: RCW 19.85.030 provides that an agency shall prepare an SBEIS if the rules it is proposing would impose more than minor costs on businesses in an industry. Minor costs are defined by RCW 19.85.020 as a cost per business that is less than three-tenths of one percent of annual revenue or income, or one hundred dollars, whatever is greater; or one percent of annual payroll. The securities division determined that an SBEIS may be required for this rule making.

     Survey of Investment Advisers: In order to gather the information to prepare an SBEIS, RCW 19.85.040 provides that an agency may survey a representative sample of affected businesses to assist in the accurate assessment of the costs of a proposed rule. To that end, the securities division prepared a small business economic impact survey to survey its state registered investment advisers and a representative sample of federal registered advisers that are notice filed in the state of Washington.

     In general, investment advisers in Washington with assets under management of less than $100 million must register with the state. Investments advisers with assets under management of $100 million or more must register with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and make a notice filing with the securities division if they do business in Washington. At the time of the survey, the securities division had six hundred sixty-three state registered investment advisers and one thousand five hundred twenty-seven federal registered notice filed advisers.

     On August 13, 2012, the securities division sent a letter by e-mail to all state registered investment advisers (and applicants with a pending investment adviser application) and a random selection of approximately fifty percent of the federal registered investment advisers notice filed in Washington. If a state registered investment adviser did not have an e-mail address on file, the securities division sent a hard copy of the letter by regular mail. The letter contained a link to an online survey designed to determine the economic impact of the proposed amendments to the rules under chapter 460-24A WAC on small businesses. The letter explained the reasons for conducting the survey and requested that recipients complete the survey by following the link provided.

     The online survey consisted of thirty-six questions. Each question in the survey focused on a proposed rule amendment and provided a background statement briefly explaining the amendment. The survey asked whether proposed changes to a rule section would cause increased costs. The survey then requested information on the additional costs of the professional services, equipment, supplies, labor, and administrative costs associated with each proposed rule change. Each question also allowed a free form response for survey takers to explain any additional costs. The survey also gathered data on the number of employees each investment adviser had, and questioned whether the rule making as a whole would cause a loss of revenue or the loss or addition of any jobs.

     The survey period lasted from August 13, 2012, until September 7, 2012. The securities division received three hundred fourteen unique responses. The securities division received responses or partial responses from two hundred seven state registered investment advisers and one hundred seven federal registered advisers notice filed in Washington. Of the respondents, two hundred eighty-six were small businesses as defined by RCW 19.85.020(3) of the Regulatory Fairness Act. All state registered investment advisers who responded to the survey are small businesses because they all have less than fifty employees. The results of the survey are discussed below.

REQUIRED ELEMENTS OF SBEIS


     A brief description of the reporting, recordkeeping, and other compliance requirements of the proposed rules and of the kinds of professional services that a small business is likely to need in order to comply with the requirements. An analysis of the costs of compliance for identified industries, including costs of equipment, supplies, and increased administrative costs.

     The proposed rule amendments make a variety of changes to the existing investment adviser rules, some of which will create new recordkeeping, reporting, or compliance requirements for licensees. Registered investment advisers already maintain certain records required of investment advisers under WAC 460-24A-200. As they do currently, investment advisers registered in Washington will need to demonstrate compliance with the amended rules by providing required records during periodic examinations of the investment adviser by the securities division.

     The rule making creates certain new recordkeeping and compliance requirements, including the following: Revising and executing advisory contracts to meet the requirements of the new rule; drafting or revising compliance policies and procedures; drafting or revising agreements with independent CPAs and independent parties (if applicable) to meet the specification of the rules; developing proxy voting disclosures (if applicable); drafting business continuity plans; and drafting and maintaining written information on securities that the adviser recommends.

     As a result of the rule amendments, investment advisers may incur expenses by the need to review existing procedures, documents, and agreements to ensure compliance with the new rules. Though not required to do so by the proposed rules, investment advisers may choose to hire professional services to assist them in complying with the new rules. Investment advisers may hire legal or other professional services to create or revise advisory agreements, compliance policies and procedures, proxy voting disclosures, account statements for pooled investment vehicles, and other documents and agreements used in the investment adviser's business. Investment advisers may also consult professional services for advice on establishing systems or methods to ensure compliance.

     Certain advisers, such as those who have custody, will be required to use the services of an independent CPA in order to file an audited balance sheet for the investment adviser each year.

     In addition, the proposed rule making may have an economic impact on investment advisers in the form of increased equipment, supplies, labor, and administrative costs. These costs may relate to postage and other mailing costs, copying expenses, computer or software expenses, and expenses associated with recordkeeping and record retention. The rule making may cause investment advisers to hire additional employees to ensure compliance.

     The securities division surveyed investment advisers to determine if the new requirements would add costs to their business, and if so, how much. The survey provided a summary of the rule changes by section, and asked first whether the proposed changes to each section would create any additional costs for the investment adviser. The following chart provides the responses from the survey question regarding whether compliance with the proposed changes to each rule section would create any additional costs.


Whether Rule Changes Will Create Additional Costs
Rule Provision Yes No
WAC 460-24A-005 24% 76%
WAC 460-24A-010 4% 96%
Plain English Updates 11% 89%
WAC 460-24A-035 5% 95%
WAC 460-24A-040 2% 98%
WAC 460-24A-047 8% 93%
WAC 460-24A-050 11% 89%
WAC 460-24A-059 0% 100%
WAC 460-24A-060 13% 87%
WAC 460-24A-070 0% 100%
WAC 460-24A-071 1% 99%
WAC 460-24A-072 0% 100%
WAC 460-24A-080 4% 96%
WAC 460-24A-100 8% 92%
WAC 460-24A-105 9% 91%
WAC 460-24A-106 13% 87%
WAC 460-24A-107 4% 96%
WAC 460-24A-108 2% 98%
WAC 460-24A-109 0% 100%
WAC 460-24A-120 19% 81%
WAC 460-24A-125 10% 90%
WAC 460-24A-130 24% 76%
WAC 460-24A-140 1% 99%
WAC 460-24A-145 1% 99%
WAC 460-24A-150 1% 99%
WAC 460-24A-160 1% 99%
WAC 460-24A-170 2% 98%
WAC 460-24A-200 25% 75%
WAC 460-24A-205 6% 94%
WAC 460-24A-220 8% 92%
WAC 460-24A-058 0% 100%

     Where the survey takers indicated that the rule changes in a particular section would create additional costs, the survey requested information regarding the amount of increased costs of professional services, equipment, supplies, labor, and administrative costs attributable to each section of the rules. Each survey taker provided information regarding its number of employees, which allowed the securities division to calculate the average cost per employee for each investment adviser. These costs per employee were then averaged together.

     The following chart provides the average cost increase per employee for each rule change for all survey respondents.


Average Cost Increase
Rule Provision Prof'l. Services Equipment Supplies Labor Admin.
WAC 460-24A-005      $ 370.87      $ 7.58 $ 18.52 $ 209.19 $ 197.54
WAC 460-24A-010      $ 15.21      $ - $ 0.34 $ 4.86 $ 5.77
Plain English Updates      $ 101.94      $ 0.17 $ 1.82 $ 37.12 $ 67.19
WAC 460-24A-035      $ 25.25      $ - $ 0.37 $ 7.21 $ 18.92
WAC 460-24A-040      $ 0.98      $ - $ 0.90 $ 0.79 $ 1.42
WAC 460-24A-047      $ 25.89      $ 0.18 $ 0.26 $ 8.90 $ 15.01
WAC 460-24A-050      $ 118.29      $ - $ 0.42 $ 9.23 $ 103.62
WAC 460-24A-059      $ 3.61      $ - $ - $ 3.61 $ -
WAC 460-24A-060      $ 313.48      $ 1.24 $ 0.01 $ 82.90 $ 181.84
WAC 460-24A-070      $ -      $ - $ - $ - $ -
WAC 460-24A-071      $ 129.74      $ - $ 0.01 $ 0.05 $ 0.51
WAC 460-24A-072      $ -      $ - $ - $ - $ -
WAC 460-24A-080      $ 29.56      $ 0.09 $ 0.10 $ 16.03 $ 9.64
WAC 460-24A-100      $ 72.45      $ - $ 0.57 $ 40.32 $ 34.32
WAC 460-24A-105      $ 255.34      $ 9.08 $ 11.91 $ 75.76 $ 119.20
WAC 460-24A-106      $ 361.52      $ 8.55 $ 31.40 $ 134.33 $ 188.08
WAC 460-24A-107      $ 173.03      $ 1.57 $ 10.43 $ 62.01 $ 111.86
WAC 460-24A-108      $ 15.79      $ - $ - $ 7.80 $ 6.14
WAC 460-24A-109      $ -      $ - $ - $ - $ -
WAC 460-24A-120      $ 163.94      $ 2.17 $ 2.98 $ 65.66 $ 97.21
WAC 460-24A-125      $ 106.69      $ - $ 0.78 $ 32.09 $ 42.47
WAC 460-24A-130      $ 120.78      $ 0.97 $ 3.86 $ 83.43 $ 58.96
WAC 460-24A-140      $ 3.97      $ - $ - $ 3.97 $ -
WAC 460-24A-145      $ 26.03      $ 0.68 $ 4.26 $ 13.30 $ 10.78
WAC 460-24A-150      $ 7.85      $ - $ - $ - $ 1.66
WAC 460-24A-160      $ 4.94      $ - $ 0.48 $ 3.28 $ 1.18
WAC 460-24A-170      $ 16.80      $ - $ - $ 12.00 $ 6.40
WAC 460-24A-200      $ 433.80      $ 17.53 $ 12.23 $ 212.75 $ 282.62
WAC 460-24A-205      $ 43.59      $ 0.30 $ 1.97 $ 11.13 $ 19.40
WAC 460-24A-220      $ 104.94      $ - $ 0.34 $ 59.42 $ 59.58
WAC 460-24A-058      $ 1.05      $ - $ - $ 1.05 $ -

     The following chart provides the average cost increase per employee only for those investment advisers who indicated that a particular rule change would create additional costs.


Average Additional Costs
Rule Provision Prof'l. Services Equipment Supplies Labor Admin.
WAC 460-24A-005      $ 2,217.79 $ 566.67 $ 553.73 $ 2,156.84 $ 1,373.60
WAC 460-24A-010      $ 742.54 $ - $ 100.00 $ 356.17 $ 422.54
Plain English Updates      $ 982.06 $ 50.00 $ 105.00 $ 715.24 $ 970.89
WAC 460-24A-035      $ 654.24 $ - $ 52.50 $ 513.89 $ 490.10
WAC 460-24A-040      $ 92.92 $ 0.20 $ 85.07 $ 75.07 $ 100.94
WAC 460-24A-047      $ 402.69 $ 25.10 $ 14.48 $ 249.27 $ 262.67
WAC 460-24A-050      $ 1,478.63      $ 0.24 $ 16.46 $ 317.15 $ 1,676.25
WAC 460-24A-059      $ 1,000.00      $ - $ - $ 1,000.00 $ -
WAC 460-24A-060      $ 2,800.45      $ 333.33 $ 2.00 $ 1,586.96 $ 2,866.73
WAC 460-24A-070      $ -      $ - $ - $ - $ -
WAC 460-24A-071      $ 17,644.23      $ 0.40 $ 2.00 $ 14.00 $ 68.69
WAC 460-24A-072      $ -      $ - $ - $ - $ -
WAC 460-24A-080      $ 800.99      $ 12.60 $ 9.46 $ 543.03 $ 373.24
WAC 460-24A-100      $ 963.52      $ 0.20 $ 25.43 $ 975.02 $ 652.07
WAC 460-24A-105      $ 2,953.09      $ 482.91 $ 633.39 $ 1,439.37 $ 1,981.71
WAC 460-24A-106      $ 2,870.22      $ 447.93 $ 913.97 $ 1,599.80 $ 2,053.22
WAC 460-24A-107      $ 4,883.31      $ 400.00 $ 1,325.00 $ 5,250.00 $ 3,551.41
WAC 460-24A-108      $ 679.18      $ - $ - $ 671.05 $ 527.78
WAC 460-24A-109      $ -      $ - $ - $ - $ -
WAC 460-24A-120      $ 1,036.91      $ 275.00 $ 125.83 $ 790.99 $ 819.78
WAC 460-24A-125      $ 1,437.48      $ - $ 100.00 $ 746.94 $ 776.54
WAC 460-24A-130      $ 601.48      $ 120.83 $ 137.13 $ 741.93 $ 458.82
WAC 460-24A-140      $ 1,000.00      $ - $ - $ 1,000.00 $ -
WAC 460-24A-145      $ 381.22      $ 85.00 $ 117.89 $ 367.88 $ 243.97
WAC 460-24A-150      $ 656.97      $ - $ - $ - $ 208.23
WAC 460-24A-160      $ 413.21      $ - $ 121.21 $ 274.12 $ 148.03
WAC 460-24A-170      $ 840.00      $ - $ - $ 1,000.00 $ 533.33
WAC 460-24A-200      $ 2,232.25      $ 481.04 $ 377.62 $ 1,695.16 $ 1,837.01
WAC 460-24A-205      $ 904.39      $ 75.00 $ 163.62 $ 346.47 $ 536.77
WAC 460-24A-220      $ 1,639.63      $ - $ 42.50 $ 1,485.53 $ 1,354.14
WAC 460-24A-058      $ 263.16      $ - $ - $ 263.16 $ -

     Analysis of Increased Costs: The survey results indicated that certain rule changes would create greater costs than others. These were the changes to the definitions section, the plain English updates, the financial reporting requirements and application requirements, the custody requirements, the compliance policies and procedures requirement, the proxy voting section, the advisory contracts section, and the books and records section. The survey results are described in further detail below.

     WAC 460-24A-005 Definitions.

     The securities division was surprised that twenty-five percent of survey respondents indicated that the changes to WAC 460-24A-005, the definitions section of the investment adviser rules, would lead to increased costs. The responses indicated an average cost per employee of $370.87 for professional services, $209.19 for labor, and $197.54 for increased administrative costs.

     The securities division added several definitions to WAC 460-24A-005, including definitions taken from NASAA model rules or from the Form ADV glossary. The securities division proposed many of these definitions in order to create uniformity with other states. In the instance of definitions taken from the Form ADV glossary, investment advisers were already subject to these definitions as all registered advisers must complete a Form ADV as part of their application.

     The survey respondents commented upon the proposed revision of the definition of custody. The current definition allows funds to be returned within three business days without being deemed to have custody of the funds. However, the draft definition stated that an investment adviser has custody of funds if the adviser fails to return customer funds received inadvertently within one business day. Survey respondents indicated this change would cost them money and that returning funds within one business day might be difficult to accomplish.

     The survey question regarding the definitions section was the first substantive question of the survey. It appeared from the free form answer responses for this section that many of the respondents may have been providing comments related to other rule subsections, or all of the rule revisions collectively. For instance, comments in response to this question expressed that providing quarterly statements and updating written supervisory policies would increase costs. These provisions do not appear in definitions section. Therefore, it is not clear whether some survey respondents may have provided dollar figures in response to this question that were intended to apply to the rule making as a whole. It may be that some of the expenses reported in response to this survey question refer to costs associated with other sections of the rules.

     Plain English Updates: In drafting amendments to the investment adviser rules, the securities division made an effort to revise the text of the rules to use "plain English" style, which is a policy initiative in Washington state. For instance, constructions such as "an investment adviser must..." were replaced with "if you are an investment adviser, you must...." Such changes are intended to make the rules easier for laypersons to read and understand. Because the rule making will make substantive changes to multiple sections of the investment adviser rules, the securities division decided to make "plain English" updates to several other sections at this time, namely: WAC 460-24A-020, 460-24A-030, 460-24A-045, 460-24A-057, 460-24A-110, and 460-24A-210. These changes create uniformity in the chapter, but do not substantively change the rules.

     The securities division included a combined question in its survey regarding the plain English changes made to WAC 460-24A-020, 460-24A-030, 460-24A-045, 460-24A-057, 460-24A-110, and 460-24A-210. Surprisingly, eleven percent of the respondents indicated that the plain English changes would increase their costs. These costs included an average of $101.94 per employee for professional services, $37.12 for labor, and $67.19 for increased administrative expenses.

     Based on the free form answer for this survey question, it appears that several survey respondents did not understand the nature of the plain English amendments. Several respondents appeared to conclude that the changes in the rules would require them to convert their own documents to plain English style. They may have been primed to think this based on recent changes by the SEC requiring that Form ADV 2 be written in plain English. However, the securities division has not proposed that investment advisers rewrite their documents in plain English. The securities division was merely attempting to make the text of the investment adviser rules in chapter 460-24A WAC easier to understand. As the plain English changes require no action on the part of investment advisers or others, the securities division does not believe that making the plain English changes to the investment adviser rules will create any additional costs for investment advisers.

     WAC 460-24A-050 Application and examination requirements.      The survey results indicated that approximately eleven percent of survey respondents believed that changes to the examination and application requirements in WAC 460-24A-050 would result in increased expenses. These expenses would include an average of $118.29 per employee for professional services and $103.62 per employee for increased administrative costs.

     WAC 460-24A-050, lists the examination and application requirements for investment advisers. The requirements state that investment advisers must file the financial statements required by WAC 460-24A-060 with an application. Under WAC 460-24A-050 and 460-24A-060, investment advisers with custody must submit an audited balance sheet as part of their initial application. Requiring an audited balance sheet provision means that investment advisers with custody must hire the services of a CPA. This may increase costs.

     In addition, the changes in the examination requirements may require a limited number of individuals who have never taken a licensing examination to take and receive a passing score. Such individuals may incur expenses for test preparation materials and examination fees.

     Finally, the rule change specifies that investment advisers that manage pooled investment vehicles must submit certain additional documents with their applications. These documents include an account agreement with a qualified custodian, an engagement letter with a CPA, a private placement memorandum or other offering circular, a subscription agreement, and an operating agreement for the pooled investment agreement. The submission of these documents may increase costs in postage and copying; however, we note that an investment adviser who manages a pooled investment vehicle would already have these documents prepared. Furthermore, the securities division already requests these documents from investment adviser applicants who manage pooled investment vehicles and has for several years.

     WAC 460-24A-060 Financial reporting requirements.

     The survey results indicated that approximately thirteen percent of survey respondents believed that changes to WAC 460-24A-060 would result in increased expenses. These expenses would include an average of $313.48 per employee for professional services, $82.90 per employee in labor, and $181.84 per employee for increased administrative expenses. Of the thirteen percent who indicated that the changes would increase costs, those costs included an average per employee of $2,800.45 for professional services, $1,586.96 of labor and $2,866.73 for increased administrative costs.

     The cost increases under WAC 460-24A-060 relate to the requirement that investment advisers with custody submit an audited balance sheet. Currently, advisers submit a balance sheet but it does not need to be audited. As discussed above under the WAC 460-24A-050 heading, the new requirement will require investment advisers with custody to pay a CPA for audit services.

     In addition, the changes to WAC 460-24A-060 will require the filing of audited financial statements for pooled investment vehicles by those investment advisers who choose to satisfy the custody requirements for pooled investment vehicles by provided [providing] audited financial statements for the pooled investment vehicle. There may be postage, copying, and other costs related to filing the statements with the securities division each year. Currently, investment advisers to pooled investment vehicles who choose to satisfy the custody requirements in WAC 460-24A-107 by providing audited financial statements provide these financial statements to investors but are not required to provide a copy to the securities division.

     WAC 460-24A-105 Custody requirements.

     The survey results indicated that approximately nine percent of survey respondents believed that changes to the custody requirements at WAC 460-24A-105 would result in increased expenses. These expenses would include an average of $255.34 per employee for professional services, $75.76 per employee for labor, and $119.20 per employee for increased administrative costs. For the nine percent of survey respondents who indicated that the rule changes would create additional costs, the average costs per employee were $2,953.09 for professional services, $1,439.37 for labor, and $1,981.71 for increased administrative costs.

     The increase in costs would arise from the need for advisers who satisfy the custody rules by having regular audits to enter into agreements which contain certain provisions. Similarly, investment advisers who act as qualified custodians must comply with new provisions requiring an agreement with a CPA that meet the requirements specified in the rule. These provisions are adopted from the NASAA model custody rule and will create uniformity with other states and with the SEC's custody rules. Furthermore, these provisions serve the goal of protecting client funds which is of utmost concern. However, the professional services, labor and administrative costs to amend or create compliant agreements may create additional costs for advisers.

     WAC 460-24A-106 Additional custody requirements for adviser who deduct fees.

     According to the survey, thirteen percent of respondents believed that changes to the additional custody requirements at WAC 460-24A-106 for advisers who directly deduct fees would increase costs. The proposed change clarifies that WAC 460-24A-106 applies to all individuals who have custody under any of the three prongs of the custody definition in WAC 460-24A-005 and who deduct fees directly, not just those who have custody solely because they deduct fees directly. In the view of the securities division, the substance of the rule is not changed. However, survey takers responded differently. The survey found that there would be an average increase of $361.52 in professional services, $134.33 in labor, and $188.08 in increased administrative costs.

     WAC 460-24A-107 Additional custody provisions for advisers to pooled funds.

     The survey revealed that updates to WAC 460-24A-107 would increase costs for four percent of survey respondents. Averaged over all respondents, the increased costs include $173.03 per employee for professional services and $111.86 for increased administrative costs. However, for the four percent of survey respondents who indicated an increased cost, these costs included $4,883.31 per employee for administrative costs, $400 per employee for equipment, $1,325 per employee for supplies, $5,250 per employee for labor, and $3,551.41 per employee for increased administrative costs.

     The proposed rule changes specify that the quarterly account statements required by WAC 460-24A-105 be sent to each beneficial owner of an interest in a pooled fund managed by the investment adviser. In addition, the rule amendments specify the information that the account statements must contain. The proposed rule changes provide some relief from the amount of information required by existing rules to be contained in account statements. However, the rule changes may require advisers who manage pooled investment vehicles to hire professional services to revise their account statements in order to comply with the rule changes if they do not already provide quarterly account statements that meet the requirements.

     WAC 460-24A-120 Compliance procedures and policies.

     The survey results indicated that approximately nineteen percent of survey respondents believed that the creation of the new rule provision at WAC 460-24A-120 requiring written compliance policies and procedures would result in increased expenses. The survey found that the average cost increases included $163.94 per employee in professional services, and $97.21 in increased administrative costs per employee. For the nineteen percent of survey respondents who indicated that the new rule would create additional costs, there was an average increase of $1,036.91 in professional services, $790.99 in labor, and $527.78 in increased administrative costs per employee.

     The proposed rule is a new section modeled after federal Rule 206 (4)-7. Investment advisers who do not have compliance policies and procedures reasonably designed to prevent violations of the Securities Act by their employees must adopt them, and must review them at least annually. Advisers may incur costs in professional fees in designing and updating their policies, and may incur expenses in training employees in the new policies and implementing annual review procedures, among other possible expenses.

     WAC 460-24A-125 Proxy voting.

     The survey results indicated that ten percent of survey respondents believed that the creation of the new rule provision at WAC 460-24A-125 regarding proxy voting would result in increased expenses. The average cost increase per employee for each survey respondent included $106.69 per employee for professional services, $32.09 per employee in labor, and $43.47 per employee in increased administrative costs. Of the ten percent who stated that the new rule would increase their costs, the average cost increase per employee was $1,437.48 in professional services, $100 in supplies, $746.94 in labor, and $776.54 in increased administrative costs.

     The new rule will require investment advisers who exercise voting authority for their client's securities to adopt written policies and procedures to ensure that voting authority is exercised in the best interests of the adviser's client. In addition, advisers who exercise voting authority for their client's securities must provide disclosure information to clients as specified in the rule. Advisers who do not exercise voting authority will not be required to adopt policies or disclosure documents. However, those that do exercise voting authority may incur costs of developing policies, procedures, and disclosure documents. Advisers may choose to use the professional services of attorneys or consultants to complete these tasks.

     WAC 460-24A-130 Contents of advisory contract.

     The survey results indicated that twenty-four percent of survey respondents believed that the creation of the new rule provision at WAC 460-24A-130 concerning the contents of the advisory contract would cause an increase in expenses. The average cost increase according to the survey results includes $120.78 per employee in professional services. Advisers may choose to use the professional services of an attorney or consultant to ensure that their advisory contracts comply with the rule. However, many of the requirements for advisory contracts in proposed WAC 460-24A-130 represent existing requirements under chapter 21.20 RCW, or requirements under existing rules in WAC 460-24A-200 which are being moved to this new section.

     WAC 460-24A-200 Books and records.

     The survey results indicated that twenty-five percent of the survey respondents believed that the revisions to the books and records rule at WAC 460-24A-200 would increase costs. These expenses would include an average of $433.80 per employee for professional services, $212.75 per employee for labor, and $282.62 per employee for increased administrative costs. Of the twenty-five percent of survey respondents who indicated the rule changes would increase their costs, the average increased costs per employee were $2,232.25 for professional services, $481.04 for equipment, $377.62 for supplies, $1,695.16 for labor, and $1,837.01 for increased administrative costs.

     The proposed changes to the books and records rule will increase the number of records that investment advisers must keep, which may increase costs. Adviser[s] may incur expenses related to recordkeeping, such as costs for records retention and office supplies. Advisers may also incur expenses in developing new recordkeeping procedures and practices, such as the requirement to maintain written information regarding the securities recommended by the investment adviser. There may also be expenses in developing a business continuity plan. However, it should be noted that many investment advisers already maintain the records being added to the rule.

     Whether Compliance with the Proposed Rule Will Cause Businesses to Lose Sales or Revenue: The proposed rules may result in investment advisers losing sales or revenue. The securities division's survey revealed that ten percent of respondents believed that compliance with the rule changes would result in lost sales or revenue. In contrast, ninety percent of respondents did not believe the rule changes would cause lost sales or revenue. The ten percent who believed the changes would lead to lost sale[s] or revenue estimated they would lose $8,544 in revenue per employee.

     The survey requested a free form answer on what specific provision in the proposed rules would cause the lost sales or revenue. Most of the answers did not address what would cause lost sales or revenue, but instead focused on the increased costs the rule amendments would create. However, at least two survey respondents mentioned that increased time spent on compliance matters would leave less time for working with clients, and might cause an investment adviser to engage fewer clients. Additionally, revenue may be lost if advisers limit the type of services they provide because of the cost of compliance.

     An Estimate of the Number of Jobs That Will Be Created or Lost as a Result of Compliance with the Proposed Rule: The securities division surveyed its state registered investment advisers and federal notice filed investment advisers to determine whether the proposed rule making could result in the addition or elimination [of] any jobs.

     Approximately three percent of survey takers anticipated that the rule making would cause them to eliminate jobs. These three percent estimated that they would eliminate one to four jobs. Approximately ninety-seven percent of survey takers did not anticipate that they would need to eliminate any jobs.

     Approximately four percent of respondents indicated that the rule changes would cause them to add jobs. These four percent estimated they would add between .5 to two jobs. Approximately ninety-six percent of survey takers did not anticipate adding any jobs.

     Based on the survey results, the securities division estimates that the average investment adviser will neither add nor eliminate any jobs as a result of the rule amendments.

     A Comparison of Compliance Costs for the Small Business Segment and the Large Business Segment of the Affected Industries, and Whether the Impact on Small Business is Disproportionate: RCW 19.85.040 requires that the securities division determine whether compliance with the proposed rules will have a disproportionate impact on small businesses by comparing the cost of compliance for small business with the costs of compliance for the ten percent of businesses that are the largest businesses required to comply with the proposed rules.

     The securities division categorized each survey response based on whether it came from a small business or whether it represented the ten percent of businesses that were the largest businesses that responded. The two categories were then compared to each other. The survey results tended to show that the increased costs per employee of small businesses were disproportionately greater than the increased costs per employee of the largest businesses.

     The results may be impacted by the fact that all state registered investment advisers who responded to the survey qualified as small businesses. Many of these businesses have only one employee. The largest ten percent of businesses included federal notice filed investment advisers. The largest advisers, having more employees and typically offering more complicated products and services, may already have compliance policies and procedures, proxy voting disclosures, business continuity plans, and advisory contracts that meet the requirements of the proposed rule amendments. Consequently, they may see less of an increase in the costs for professional services, labor, and administrative costs than smaller advisers.

     In order to determine whether the regulatory difference between state and federal notice filed advisers was the cause of the disproportionate expenses, the securities division also compared the increased costs of all state registered investment advisers (all small businesses) with the costs of the largest ten percent of state registered advisers. However, the results still showed that costs per employee of small businesses were disproportionately greater than the increased costs per employee of the largest businesses. This may be because the largest state advisers have more employees and therefore more internal systems, and may have been in business longer than the smallest businesses. In any event, all advisers, large and small, provide investment advice to members of the public. It is imperative that investment advisers be well regulated in order to increase confidence in the markets and to protect the public from financial fraud.

     The following chart compares the average cost increase associated with the proposed changes to the rule provision for both the largest ten percent of businesses required to comply and small businesses. Small businesses are defined as fifty or fewer employees. The largest ten percent of business[es] were likewise determined by the number of employees.

Average Cost Increase -- Comparison of Small Business and Largest 10% of Businesses
Rule Provision Prof'l. Services Equipment Supplies Labor Admin.
WAC 460-24A-005
Small Businesses      $ 397.41      $ 8.12 $ 19.84 $ 224.19 $ 211.65
Largest 10%      $ 0.37      $ - $ 0.10 $ - $ 0.05
WAC 460-24A-010
Small Businesses      $ 16.75      $ - $ 0.38 $ 5.35 $ 6.38
Largest 10%      $ 0.52      $ - $ - $ 0.26 $ -
Plain English Updates
Small Businesses      $ 112.45      $ 0.19 $ 2.00 $ 40.95 $ 3.71
Largest 10%      $ -      $ - $ - $ - $ -
WAC 460-24A-035
Small Businesses      $ 27.68      $ - $ 0.40 $ 7.91 $ 20.73
Largest 10%      $ -      $ - $ - $ - $ -
WAC 460-24A-040
Small Businesses      $ 1.08      $ - $ 0.99 $ 0.87 $ 0.79
Largest 10%      $ -      $ - $ - $ - $ 6.90
WAC 460-24A-047
Small Businesses      $ 28.65      $ 0.20 $ 0.29 $ 9.85 $ 16.60
Largest 10%      $ -      $ - $ - $ - $ 0.10
WAC 460-24A-050
Small Businesses      $ 128.14 $ 0.41 $ 9.97 $ 112.44
Largest 10%      $ 4.28 $ 0.43 $ 0.61 $ 1.83
WAC 460-24A-059
Small Businesses      $ 3.97      $ - $ - $ 3.97 $ -
Largest 10%      $ -      $ - $ - $ - $ -
WAC 460-24A-060
Small Businesses      $ 338.76      $ 1.34 $ 0.01 $ 89.59 $ 196.51
Largest 10%      $ -      $ - $ - $ - $ -
WAC 460-24A-070
Small Businesses      $ -      $ - $ - $ - $ -
Largest 10%      $ -      $ - $ - $ - $ -
WAC 460-24A-071
Small Businesses      $ 143.45 $ 0.01 $ 0.06 $ 0.56
Largest 10%      $ -      $ - $ - $ - $ -
WAC 460-24A-072
Small Businesses      $ -      $ - $ - $ - $ -
Largest 10%      $ -      $ - $ - $ - $ -
WAC 460-24A-080
Small Businesses      $ 29.94      $ 0.10 $ 0.10 $ 16.38 $ 9.33
Largest 10%      $ 20.86      $ - $ 0.11 $ 10.03 $ 10.71
WAC 460-24A-100
Small Businesses      $ 79.83      $ - $ 0.61 $ 44.50 $ 37.77
Largest 10%      $ 1.18      $ - $ 0.24 $ - $ 0.94
WAC 460-24A-105
Small Businesses      $ 281.56      $ 10.02 $ 13.14 $ 83.61 $ 131.30
Largest 10%      $ 2.38      $ - $ - $ - $ 2.36
WAC 460-24A-106
Small Businesses      $ 397.62      $ 9.41 $ 34.56 $ 147.88 $ 206.70
Largest 10%      $ 3.21      $ - $ - $ - $ 3.21
WAC 460-24A-107
Small Businesses      $ 189.00      $ 1.72 $ 11.42 $ 67.89 $ 122.19
Largest 10%      $ 4.26      $ - $ - $ - $ 2.65
WAC 460-24A-108
Small Businesses      $ 17.49      $ - $ - $ 8.64 $ 6.80
Largest 10%      $ -      $ - $ - $ - $ -
WAC 460-24A-109
Small Businesses      $ -      $ - $ - $ - $ -
Largest 10%      $ -      $ - $ - $ - $ -
WAC 460-24A-120
Small Businesses      $ 181.57      $ 2.41 $ 3.31 $ 72.85 $ 107.59
Largest 10%      $ 2.95      $ - $ - $ - $ 2.36
WAC 460-24A-125
Small Businesses      $ 117.96 $ 0.87 $ 35.57 $ 46.79
Largest 10%      $ 2.36      $ - $ - $ - $ 2.36
WAC 460-24A-130
Small Businesses      $ 133.91      $ 1.08 $ 4.29 $ 92.66 $ 65.28
Largest 10%      $ 2.90      $ - $ - $ 0.68     $ 2.18
WAC 460-24A-140
Small Businesses      $ 4.35      $ - $ - $ 4.35 $ -
Largest 10%      $ -      $ - $ - $ - $ -
WAC 460-24A-145
Small Businesses      $ 28.39      $ 0.75 $ 4.69 $ 14.65 $ 11.59
Largest 10%      $ 2.45      $ - $ - $ - $ 2.45
WAC 460-24A-150
Small Businesses      $ 8.47      $ - $ - $ - $ 1.69
Largest 10%      $ 1.84      $ - $ - $ - $ 1.22
WAC 460-24A-160
Small Businesses      $ 2.99      $ - $ 0.53 $ 2.39 $ 0.07
Largest 10%      $ -      $ 21.61 $ - $ 10.80 $ 10.80
WAC 460-24A-170
Small Businesses      $ 18.58      $ - $ - $ 13.27 $ 7.08
Largest 10%      $ -      $ - $ - $ - $ -
WAC 460-24A-200
Small Businesses      $ 478.34      $ 19.33 $ 13.49 $ 234.60 $ 311.64
Largest 10%      $ -      $ - $ - $ - $ -
WAC 460-24A-205
Small Businesses      $ 47.88      $ 0.33 $ 2.11 $ 12.18 $ 21.26
Largest 10%      $ 3.05      $ - $ 0.61 $ 1.22 $ 1.83
WAC 460-24A-220
Small Businesses      $ 115.57      $ - $ 0.37 $ 65.44 $ 65.62
Largest 10%      $ -      $ - $ - $ - $ -
WAC 460-24A-058
Small Businesses      $ 1.16      $ - $ - $ 1.16 $ -
Largest 10%      $ -      $ - $ - $ - $ -

     Comparison of Lost Sales or Revenue: The largest ten percent of businesses indicated in their survey responses that they would lose an average of $8.33 per employee in lost revenue, with only one larger business expecting to lose revenue. Small businesses estimated that they would lose an average of $876.41 in revenue per employee, with twenty-two small businesses reporting that they expected to lose revenue because of the rule changes.

     Comparison of Addition or Elimination of Jobs: Approximately four percent of respondents indicated that the rule changes would cause them to add jobs. These represented nine small businesses plus one business that was in the ten percent of the largest businesses. Approximately three percent of respondents indicated that the rule changes would cause them to eliminate jobs. These responses represented eight small businesses. None of the ten percent of the largest business[es] indicated that jobs would be eliminated because of the rule changes.

     Steps Taken by the Department Under RCW 19.85.030(2) to Reduce the Costs of the Proposed Rule on Small Businesses, or Reasonable Justification for Not Doing So, Addressing the Specified Mitigation Steps.

     Investor Protection Purpose: In drafting the rule amendments, the securities division attempted to balance the business concerns of registered investment advisers with the securities division's mission to protect the investing public and to promote confidence in the capital markets. While the proposed rule changes may increase costs to licensees, the securities division believes the costs will be outweighed by the increased protection for investors. In addition, certain changes to the rules are being made in order to conform with changes to federal law and to create uniformity with other states by adopting provisions from updated NASAA model rules.

     As a result of feedback received from affected businesses, the securities division made certain modifications to its initial draft of the rule amendments in order to reduce the cost of compliance for small businesses. These changes are detailed below. The securities division does not believe that it can reduce costs further and still accomplish the investor protection purpose of the rule making.

     Reducing, Modifying, or Eliminating Substantive Regulatory Requirements: The securities division received several comments in its economic impact survey which indicated that the change in the definition of custody, which shortened the amount of time an adviser could hold inadvertently received funds, would be burdensome and increase costs. As a result of the survey, the securities division changed the custody definition at WAC 460-24A-005 to allow for the return of inadvertently received funds within three business days rather than one. The securities division also changed the existing rule to allow advisers to forward checks drawn by clients and made payable to third parties within three business days of receipt (rather than the current twenty-four hours). These changes will provide relief to advisers who were concerned that one business day was not sufficient time to identify client funds and either forward them to third parties or return them as appropriate to avoid being deemed to have custody.

     The securities division also received several comments suggesting that the requirement for compliance policies and procedures in new section WAC 460-24A-120 was burdensome and unnecessary for advisers who are solo practitioners. In response, the securities division made amendments to the draft rule to specify that the requirement to implement compliance policies and procedures applies only to advisers who have more than one employee.

     In addition, the securities division made changes to the financial reporting requirements in WAC 460-24A-060, the compliance policies and procedures requirement in WAC 460-24A-120, the proxy voting provisions in WAC 460-24A-125, the advisory contract requirements in WAC 460-24A-130, and the performance compensation provisions in WAC 460-24A-150 to clarify that the rules apply only to investment advisers who are registered or required to be registered under the Securities Act. Thus, certain investment advisers who are exempt from registration, such a [as] private fund advisers under new section WAC 460-24A-071 and venture capital fund advisers under new section WAC 460-24A-072, will not be required to comply with these provisions.

     To further simplify its rules and to reduce expenses for investment advisers, the securities division removed three new subsections that had been added as unethical business practices in WAC 460-24A-220. The securities division had added as unethical business practices providing investment advice without having implemented compliance policies and procedures in violation of WAC 460-24A-120; exercising voting authority with respect to client securities in violation of WAC 460-24A-125; and failing to keep a written business continuity plan as unethical business practices. After reviewing survey results which indicated that these additions to the unethical practices rule section may increase expenses, the securities division decided to remove these three additions to WAC 460-24A-220 because they are not necessary additions. However, it is important to note that violation of one of [the] rules specified above may still constitute an unethical business practice even if it is not specifically listed in WAC 460-24A-220.

     Simplifying, Reducing or Eliminating Recordkeeping and Reporting Requirements: The securities division received several comments regarding the proposed changes to WAC 460-24A-060. The draft amendments to WAC 460-24A-060 require that investment advisers with custody of client funds file an annual audited balance sheet. The costs of obtaining an audited balance sheet each year may be significant to a small business owner. However, requiring an audited balance sheet will provide increased protections for the clients whose funds are in the custody of an investment adviser.

     To balance these concerns, the securities division decided to relax the audited balance sheet requirement for certain advisers. The securities division revised WAC 460-24A-106 to state that advisers who have custody as defined in WAC 460-24A-005(1) solely because they deduct fees are not required to file an audited balance sheet provided the adviser otherwise meets the requirements of WAC 460-24A-105, 460-24A-060(3), and 460-24A-106(1). This change will reduce the costs of obtaining an audited balance sheet for advisers who have custody solely because they deduct fees.

     In addition, the securities division revised WAC 460-24A-107 to state that advisers who have custody as defined in WAC 460-24A-005 (1)(a)(iii) because they manage a pooled investment vehicle, and who provide audited financial statements of the pooled investment vehicle to clients pursuant to WAC 460-24A-107 (1)(b), are not required to file an audited balance sheet for the investment adviser provided they otherwise comply with WAC 460-24A-105, 460-24A-060(3), and 460-24A-107 (1)(b) and (2). This change will reduce the cost [of] obtaining an audited balance sheet for advisers to pooled funds where the pooled funds are subject to annual audits.

     Delaying Compliance Timetables: Investment advisers will be allowed adequate time to adjust to the rule changes through processes already in place. Through the exam and deficiency letter process, the securities division will allow reasonable time for investment advisers to fix any deficiencies related to the new rules that the exam staff identify during examinations of investment advisers that occur in the period immediately following enactment of the rules. The securities division will also continue to provide technical assistance visits to newly registered investment advisers to provide feedback on recordkeeping and other compliance matters.

     Other Mitigation Techniques: The securities division will develop a frequently asked questions (FAQ) publication for distribution when the amended rules are adopted. The securities division intends to provide guidance through the FAQ to explain what is required for compliance with the rule amendments. The securities division has determined that in many cases, the nature of the compliance envisioned by the securities division is less burdensome than that imagined by the investment advisers taking the small business economic impact survey.

     The securities division intends to address the following topics in the FAQ:


• The securities division will clarify that none of the rule changes require that investment advisers revise their contracts or other documents in "plain English" style. The securities division merely revised the text of its rules in "plain English" so that they would be easier to understand.
• The securities division will provide guidance on the annual review of compliance policies and procedures required by WAC 460-24A-120. The text of this rule provision is adopted from federal Rule 206 (4)-7. The purpose of the review is to ensure that policies are reasonably up to date, for the protection of both the investment adviser and its clients. The review need not be done by outside professional services, but may be conducted by the investment adviser on an as-needed basis when there are changes to the rules and laws affecting investment advisers.
• The securities division will clarify that the proxy voting and electronic delivery provisions required for advisory contracts by WAC 460-24A-130 must be added only if the adviser intends to exercise voting authority over client securities or if the adviser intends to deliver documents by electronic means. Advisers not engaging in these activities do not need to add these provisions to their advisory contracts.
• The securities division will provide guidance on the business continuity plan required under WAC 460-24A-200 (1)(y). The business continuity plan should provide instructions in the event of an emergency or the incapacitation of the investment adviser. For instance, the plan should describe what will happen to client funds over which the investment adviser has custody or exercises discretion. The plan need not be more than one page in length and should not require the use of professional services to prepare.
• The securities division will provide guidance regarding the type of written information regarding securities that the adviser should maintain to comply with WAC 460-24A-200 (1)(s). The type of written information will be different depending on the nature of the security recommended. For instance, a publicly traded security for which research information is widely available would require less documentation than an obscure privately offered security. For a privately offered security, the adviser generally must conduct and document more extensive research and analysis in order to determine the suitability of the security for a client. This requirement for written documentation protects both investors and the investment adviser.

     In addition to the assistance provided in the anticipated FAQ, the securities division may conduct informational sessions for investment advisers to provide an overview of the rule changes.

     How the Department Will Involve Small Business in Rule Development: Since the beginning of the rule-making process in 2010, the securities division has involved its registered investment advisers and interested persons in the rule-making process.

     On March 19, 2010, the securities division filed a preproposal statement of inquiry (CR-101) concerning the possible amendment of the investment adviser rules. The securities division distributed the CR-101 notice to its interested persons list for securities registration matters and to all state registered advisers. This group of recipients included many small businesses and those that advise small businesses.

     The CR-101 notice invited interested persons to participate in the rule-making process by submitting comments to the securities division. The securities division took the feedback received into account when preparing the initial draft of the rule amendments. Once a draft was prepared, it was distributed to the interested persons list on August 13, 2012.

     The securities division next prepared a survey to determine the economic impact of the proposed rule making on investment advisers. The survey, along with a copy of the draft rule amendments, was sent to all state registered investment advisers and a representative sample of federal notice filed investment advisers. Based on the results received, the securities division made changes to its proposed draft as detailed above. The securities division will continue to seek the feedback of interested parties as the rule-making process continues.

     A List of the Industries That Will Be Required to Comply with the Rule: Investment advisers doing business in Washington will be required to comply with the amended rules.

     A copy of the statement may be obtained by contacting Jill Vallely, DFI, securities division, P.O. Box 9033, Olympia, WA 98507-9033, phone (360) 902-8760, fax (360) 704-7035, e-mail jill.vallely@dfi.wa.gov.

     A cost-benefit analysis is not required under RCW 34.05.328. DFI is not one of the agencies listed in RCW 34.05.328.

March 21, 2013

Scott Jarvis

Director

OTS-4645.6


AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 08-18-033, filed 8/27/08, effective 9/27/08)

WAC 460-24A-005   Definitions.   For purposes of this chapter:

     (1) "Custody" means holding, directly or indirectly, client funds or securities, or having any authority to obtain possession of them or the ability to appropriate them.

     (a) "Custody" includes:

     (i) Possession of client funds or securities unless received inadvertently and returned to the sender promptly, but in any case within three business days of receiving them;

     (ii) Any arrangement (including a general power of attorney) under which an investment adviser is authorized or permitted to withdraw client funds or securities maintained with a custodian upon an investment adviser's instruction to the custodian; and

     (iii) Any capacity (such as general partner of a limited partnership, managing member of a limited liability company or a comparable position for another type of pooled investment vehicle, or trustee of a trust) that gives an investment adviser or its supervised person legal ownership of or access to client funds or securities.

     (b) Receipt of checks drawn by clients and made payable to unrelated third parties will not meet the definition of custody if forwarded to the third party within ((twenty-four hours)) three business days of receipt and the adviser maintains a ledger or other listing of all securities or funds held or obtained inadvertently((, including the following information:

     (i) Issuer;

     (ii) Type of security and series;

     (iii) Date of issue;

     (iv) For debt instruments, the denomination, interest rate, and maturity date;

     (v) Certificate number, including alphabetical prefix or suffix;

     (vi) Name in which registered;

     (vii) Date given to the adviser;

     (viii) Date sent to client or sender;

     (ix) Form of delivery to client or sender, or copy of the form of delivery to client or sender; and

     (x) Mail confirmation number, if applicable, or confirmation by client or sender of the fund's or security's return)) as set forth in WAC 460-24A-200.

     (2) "Independent party" means a person who:

     (a) Is engaged by an investment adviser to act as a gatekeeper for the payment of fees, expenses, and capital withdrawals from a pooled investment;

     (b) Does not control and is not controlled by and is not under common control with the investment adviser; ((and))

     (c) Does not have, and has not had within the past two years, a material business relationship, including acting as an independent representative on behalf of a client of the investment adviser, with the investment adviser;

     (d) Shall not negotiate or agree to have material business relations with an investment adviser, or relationships with entities under common control with an investment adviser, for a period of two years after serving as the person engaged in an independent party agreement; and

     (e) Is required to act in the best interest of the limited partners, members, or other beneficial owners.

     (3) "Independent representative" means a person who:

     (a) Acts as an agent for an advisory client, including in the case of a pooled investment vehicle, for limited partners of a limited partnership, members of a limited liability company, or other beneficial owners of another type of pooled investment vehicle and by law or contract is obliged to act in the best interest of the advisory client or the limited partners or members, or other beneficial owners;

     (b) Does not control, is not controlled by, and is not under common control with the investment adviser;

     (c) Does not have, and has not had within the past two years, a material business relationship, including acting as an independent party, with the investment adviser.

     (4) "Qualified custodian" means the following independent institutions or entities:

     (a) A bank as defined in section 202 (a)(2) of the Advisers Act, 15 U.S.C. 80b-2 (a)(2), or a savings association as defined in section 3 (b)(1) of the Federal Deposit Insurance Act, 12 U.S.C. 1813 (b)(1), that has deposits insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation under the Federal Deposit Insurance Act, 12 U.S.C. 1811;

     (b) A broker-dealer registered in this state and under section 15 (b)(1) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, 15 U.S.C. 78o (b)(1), holding the client assets in customer accounts;

     (c) A futures commission merchant registered under section 4f(a) of the Commodity Exchange Act, 7 U.S.C. 6f(a), holding the client assets in customer accounts, but only with respect to clients' funds and security futures, or other securities incidental to transactions in contracts for the purchase or sale of a commodity for future delivery and options thereon;

     (d) A foreign financial institution that customarily holds financial assets for its customers, provided that the foreign financial institution keeps the advisory clients' assets in customer accounts segregated from its proprietary assets; and

     (e) The transfer agent for an open-end company as defined in section 5 (a)(1) of the Investment Company Act of 1940, 15 U.S.C. 80a-5 (a)(1), only with respect to shares of the open-end company.

     (5) "Independent certified public accountant" means a certified public accountant that meets the standards of independence described in rule 2-01 (b) and (c) of Regulation S-X, 17 C.F.R. 210.2-01 (b) and (c).

     (6) "Related person" means any person, directly or indirectly, controlling or controlled by the investment adviser, and any person that is under common control with the investment adviser.

     (7) "Control" means the power, directly or indirectly, to direct the management or policies of a person whether through ownership of securities, by contract, or otherwise. The following persons are presumed to have control:

     (a) Each of the investment adviser's officers, partners, or directors exercising executive responsibility (or persons having similar status or functions); and

     (b) A person who:

     (i) Directly or indirectly has the right to vote twenty-five percent or more of a class of the voting securities of a corporation or limited liability company;

     (ii) Has the power to sell or direct the sale of twenty-five percent or more of a class of the voting securities of a corporation or limited liability company;

     (iii) Has the right to receive, upon dissolution, or that has contributed, twenty-five percent or more of the capital of a partnership or limited liability company; or

     (iv) Is the manager of a limited liability company or the trustee or managing agent of a trust.

     (8) "Private fund adviser" means an investment adviser who provides advice solely to one or more qualifying private funds.

     (9) "Qualifying private fund" means a private fund that meets the definition of a qualifying private fund in Securities and Exchange Commission Rule 203(m)-1, 17 C.F.R. 275.203(m)-1, other than a private fund that qualifies for the exclusion from the definition of "investment company" provided in section 3 (c)(1) of the Investment Company Act of 1940, 15 U.S.C. 80a-3 (c)(1).

     (10) "Discretionary authority" means the authority, directly or indirectly, to:

     (a) Determine what securities or other property shall be purchased or sold by or on behalf of a client;

     (b) Make decisions as to what securities or other property shall be purchased or sold by or for the benefit of a client even though some other person may have responsibility for such investment decisions; or

     (c) Make decisions as to what investment advisers to retain on behalf of a client.

     (11) "FINRA" means the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc., the self-regulatory organization for broker-dealers and broker-dealer representatives that is registered as a national securities association with the Securities and Exchange Commission under Section 15A of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, 15 U.S.C. § 78o.

     (12) "Central Registration Depository" or "CRD" means the electronic filing system operated by FINRA for the registration of broker-dealers and broker-dealer representatives.

     (13) "Investment Adviser Registration Depository" or "IARD" means the electronic filing system operated by FINRA for the registration of investment advisers and investment adviser representatives and submission of filings by exempt reporting advisers.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 21.20.450, 21.20.900, 21.20.100, 21.20.050 - [21.20].060. 08-18-033, § 460-24A-005, filed 8/27/08, effective 9/27/08.]


AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending Order 304, filed 2/28/75, effective 4/1/75)

WAC 460-24A-010   ((Investment advisers -- Where rules apply.)) Application of rules to out-of-state investment advisers.   If you are an investment adviser or investment adviser representative with your principal office and place of business outside the state of Washington, these rules apply only to that part of ((the investment advisers')) your business within the state of Washington.

[Order 304, § 460-24A-010, filed 2/28/75, effective 4/1/75. Formerly chapter 460-24 WAC.]


AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 12-10-051, filed 4/30/12, effective 5/31/12)

WAC 460-24A-020   Investment adviser representatives employed by federal covered advisers.   If you are an individual employed by or associated with a federal covered adviser ((is)) you are an "investment adviser representative," ((pursuant to)) as defined under RCW 21.20.005, if ((the representative has)) you have a "place of business" in this state, as that term is defined under section 203A of the Investment Advisers Act of 1940, and:

     (1) ((Is)) You are an "investment adviser representative" ((pursuant to)) as that term is defined in rules or regulations promulgated under the Investment Advisers Act of 1940 by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission; or

     (2) You solicit((s)), offer((s)), or negotiate((s)) for the sale of or sell((s)) investment advisory services on behalf of a federal covered adviser, but ((is)) are not a "supervised person" as that term is defined under the Investment Advisers Act of 1940.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 21.20.450. 12-10-051, § 460-24A-020, filed 4/30/12, effective 5/31/12. Statutory Authority: RCW 21.20.450, 21.20.050, 21.20.100. 01-16-125, § 460-24A-020, filed 7/31/01, effective 10/24/01.]


AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending Order 304, filed 2/28/75, effective 4/1/75)

WAC 460-24A-030   Use of the term "investment counsel((.))" is prohibited.   ((No)) If you are an investment adviser or investment adviser representative, you shall not use the title "investment counsel" in the conduct of ((his or its)) your business nor represent that ((he or it is)) you are an "investment counsel" nor use the term "investment counsel" as descriptive of ((his or its)) your business where such use is prohibited under the provisions of the Federal Investment Advisers Act of 1940, as amended.

[Order 304, § 460-24A-030, filed 2/28/75, effective 4/1/75. Formerly chapter 460-24 WAC.]


NEW SECTION
WAC 460-24A-035   Definition of "client" of an investment adviser.   (1) General. You may deem the following to be a single client for purposes of RCW 21.20.040(3):

     (a) A natural person; and

     (i) Any minor child of the natural person;

     (ii) Any relative, spouse, or relative of the spouse of the natural person who has the same principal residence;

     (iii) All accounts of which the natural person and/or the persons referred to in (a) of this subsection are the only primary beneficiaries; and

     (iv) All trusts of which the natural person and/or the persons referred to in (a) of this subsection are the only primary beneficiaries;

     (b)(i) A corporation, general partnership, limited partnership, limited liability company, trust (other than a trust referred to in subsection (1)(a)(iv) of this section), or other legal organization (any of which are referred to hereinafter as a "legal organization") to which you provide investment advice based on its investment objectives rather than the individual investment objectives of its shareholders, partners, limited partners, members, or beneficiaries (any of which are referred to hereinafter as an "owner"); and

     (ii) Two or more legal organizations referred to in subsection (1)(b)(i) of this section that have identical owners.

     (2) Special rules. For purposes of this section:

     (a) You must count an owner as a client if you provide investment advisory services to the owner separate and apart from the investment advisory services you provide to the legal organization; provided, however, that the determination that an owner is a client will not affect the applicability of this section with regard to any other owner;

     (b) You are not required to count an owner as a client solely because you, on behalf of the legal organization, offer, promote, or sell interests in the legal organization to the owner, or report periodically to the owners as a group solely with respect to the performance of or plans for the legal organization's assets or similar matters;

     (c) A limited partnership or limited liability company is a client of any general partner, managing member or other person acting as investment adviser to the partnership or limited liability company;

     (d) You are not required to count as a client any person for whom you provide investment advisory services without compensation;

     (e) If you have your principal office and place of business outside the United States, you are not required to count clients that are not United States residents, but if your principal office and place of business is in the United States, you must count all clients;

     (f) You may not rely on subsection (1)(b)(i) of this section with respect to any company that would be an investment company under section 3(a) of the Investment Company Act of 1940, 15 U.S.C. 80a-3(a), but for the exception from that definition by either section 3 (c)(1) or 3 (c)(7) of such act, 15 U.S.C. 80a-3 (c)(1) or (7); and

     (g) For purposes of (e) of this subsection, a client who is an owner of a private fund is a resident of the place at which the client resides at the time of the client's investment in the fund.

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AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 00-01-001, filed 12/1/99, effective 1/1/00)

WAC 460-24A-040   Use of certain terms deemed similar to "financial planner" or "investment counselor."   (1) For the purposes of RCW 21.20.040(((3))) (4), use of any term, or abbreviation for a term, including the word "financial planner" or the word "investment counselor" is considered the same as the use of either of those terms alone.

     (2) For the purposes of RCW 21.20.040(((3))) (4), terms that are deemed similar to "financial planner" and "investment counselor" include, but are not limited to, the following:

     (a) Financial consultant;

     (b) Investment consultant;

     (c) Money manager;

     (d) Investment manager;

     (e) Investment planner;

     (f) Chartered financial consultant or its abbreviation ChFC; or

     (g) The abbreviation CFP¦.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 21.20.450. 00-01-001, § 460-24A-040, filed 12/1/99, effective 1/1/00; 97-16-050, § 460-24A-040, filed 7/31/97, effective 8/31/97. Statutory Authority: RCW 21.20.040(2) and 21.20.450. 93-01-113, § 460-24A-040, filed 12/21/92, effective 1/21/93; 90-13-029, § 460-24A-040, filed 6/12/90, effective 7/13/90.]


AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 12-10-051, filed 4/30/12, effective 5/31/12)

WAC 460-24A-045   Holding out as a financial planner.   ((A person using)) If you use a term deemed similar to "financial planner" or "investment counselor" under WAC 460-24A-040(2), you will not be considered to be holding ((himself)) yourself out as a financial planner for purposes of RCW 21.20.005 and 21.20.040 under the following circumstances:

     (1) ((The person is)) You are not in the business of providing advice relating to the purchase or sale of securities, and would not, but for ((his)) your use of such a term, be an investment adviser required to register pursuant to RCW 21.20.040; and

     (2) ((The person does)) You do not directly or indirectly receive a fee for providing investment advice. Receipt of any portion of a "wrap fee," that is, a fee for some combination of brokerage and investment advisory services, constitutes receipt of a fee for providing investment advice for the purpose of this section; and

     (3) ((The person)) You deliver((s)) to every customer, at least forty-eight hours before accepting any compensation, including commissions from the sale of any investment product, a written disclosure including the following information:

     (a) ((The person is)) You are not registered as an investment adviser or investment adviser ((salesperson)) representative in the state of Washington;

     (b) ((The person is)) You are not authorized to provide financial planning or investment advisory services and ((does)) do not provide such services; and

     (c) A brief description ((the person's)) of your business which description ((should)) shall include a statement of the kind of products offered or services provided (e.g., ((the person is)) you are in the business of selling securities and insurance products) and of the basis on which ((the person is)) you are compensated for the products sold or services provided; and

     (4) ((The person has)) You have each customer to whom a disclosure described in subsection (3) of this section is given sign a written dated acknowledgment of receipt of the disclosure; and

     (5) ((The person shall)) You retain the executed acknowledgments of receipt required by subsection (4) of this section and of the disclosure given for so long as ((the person)) you continue((s)) to receive compensation from such customers, but in no case for less than three years from date of execution of the acknowledgment; and

     (6) If ((the person)) you received compensation from the customer on more than one occasion, ((the person)) you need give the customer the disclosure described in subsection (3) of this section only on the first occasion unless the information in the disclosure becomes inaccurate, in which case ((the person)) you must give the customer updated disclosure before receiving further compensation from the customer.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 21.20.450. 12-10-051, § 460-24A-045, filed 4/30/12, effective 5/31/12; 97-16-050, § 460-24A-045, filed 7/31/97, effective 8/31/97. Statutory Authority: RCW 21.20.040(2) and 21.20.450. 93-01-113, § 460-24A-045, filed 12/21/92, effective 1/21/93.]


AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 01-16-125, filed 7/31/01, effective 10/24/01)

WAC 460-24A-047   Electronic filing with designated entity.   (1) Designation. Pursuant to RCW 21.20.050, the director designates the Investment Adviser Registration Depository (IARD) operated by ((the National Association of Securities Dealers (IARD))) FINRA to receive and store filings and collect related fees from investment advisers, federal covered advisers, and investment adviser representatives on behalf of the director.

     (2) Use of IARD. Unless otherwise provided, all investment adviser, federal covered adviser, and investment adviser representative applications, amendments, reports, notices, related filings, and fees required to be filed with the director pursuant to the rules promulgated under this chapter, shall be filed electronically with and transmitted to IARD. The following additional conditions relate to such electronic filings:

     (a) Electronic signature. When a signature or signatures are required by the particular instructions of any filing to be made through IARD, a duly authorized officer of the applicant or the applicant him or herself, as required, shall affix his or her electronic signature to the filing by typing his or her name in the appropriate fields and submitting the filing to ((Web)) IARD. Submission of a filing in this manner shall constitute irrefutable evidence of legal signature by any individuals whose names are typed on the filing.

     (b) When filed. Solely for purposes of a filing made through IARD, a document is considered filed with the director when all fees are received and the filing is accepted by IARD on behalf of the state.

     (3) Electronic filing. Notwithstanding subsection (2) of this section, the electronic filing of any particular document and the collection of related processing fees shall not be required until such time as IARD provides for receipt of such filings and fees and thirty days' notice is provided by the director. Any documents required to be filed with the director that are not permitted to be filed with or cannot be accepted electronically by IARD shall be filed ((in paper)) directly with the director.

     (4) Hardship exemptions. Notwithstanding subsection (2) of this section, electronic filing is not required under the following circumstances:

     (a) Temporary hardship exemption.

     (i) Investment advisers registered or required to be registered under RCW 21.20.040, who experience unanticipated technical difficulties that prevent submission of an electronic filing to IARD, may request a temporary hardship exemption from the requirements to file electronically.

     (ii) To request a temporary hardship exemption, the investment adviser must:

     (A) File Form ADV-H in paper format with the appropriate regulatory authority in the state where the investment adviser's principal place of business is located, no later than one business day after the filing, that is the subject of the Form ADV-H, was due. If the state where the investment adviser's principal place of business is located has not mandated the use of IARD, the investment adviser should file the Form ADV-H with the appropriate regulatory authority in the first state that mandates the use of IARD by the investment adviser; and

     (B) Submit the filing that is the subject of the Form ADV-H in electronic format to IARD no later than seven business days after the filing was due.

     (iii) Effective date(( -- )) - Upon filing. The temporary hardship exemption will be deemed effective by the director upon receipt of the complete Form ADV-H by appropriate regulatory authority noted in (a)(ii)(A) of this subsection. Multiple temporary hardship exemption requests within the same calendar year may be disallowed by the director.

     (b) Continuing hardship exemption.

     (i) Criteria for exemption. A continuing hardship exemption will be granted only if the investment adviser is able to demonstrate that the electronic filing requirements of this section are prohibitively burdensome.

     (ii) To apply for a continuing hardship exemption, the investment adviser must:

     (A) File Form ADV-H in paper format with the director at least twenty business days before a filing is due; and

     (B) If a filing is due to more than one state, the Form ADV-H must be filed with the appropriate regulatory authority in the state where the investment adviser's principal place of business is located. If the state where the investment adviser's principal place of business is located has not mandated the use of IARD, the investment adviser should file the Form ADV-H with the appropriate regulatory authority in the first state that mandates the use of IARD by the investment adviser. Any applications received by the director will be granted or denied within ten business days after the filing of Form ADV-H.

     (iii) Effective date(( -- )) - Upon approval. The exemption is effective upon approval by the director. The time period of the exemption may be no longer than one year after the date on which the Form ADV-H is filed. If the director approves the application, the investment adviser must, no later than five business days after the exemption approval date, submit filings in paper format (along with the appropriate processing fees) for the period of time for which the exemption is granted.

     (c) Recognition of exemption. The decision to grant or deny a request for a hardship exemption will be made by the appropriate regulatory authority in the state where the investment adviser's principal place of business is located. If the state where the investment adviser's principal place of business is located has not mandated the use of IARD, the decision to grant or deny a request for a hardship exemption will be made by appropriate regulatory authority in the first state that mandates the use of IARD by the investment adviser. The decision will be followed by the director if the investment adviser is registered in this state.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 21.20.450, 21.20.050, 21.20.100. 01-16-125, § 460-24A-047, filed 7/31/01, effective 10/24/01.]


AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 01-16-125, filed 7/31/01, effective 10/24/01)

WAC 460-24A-050   ((Investment adviser and investment adviser representative)) Registration and examination((s)) requirements.   (1) Examination requirements. ((A person)) If you are applying to be registered as an investment adviser or investment adviser representative under RCW 21.20.040, you shall provide the director with proof that ((he or she has)) you have obtained a passing score on ((one of the following examinations)):

     (a) The Uniform Investment Adviser Law Examination (Series 65 examination); or

     (b) The General Securities Representative Examination (Series 7 examination) and the Uniform Combined State Law Examination (Series 66 examination).

     (2) ((Grandfathering.)) Exceptions from examination requirements.

     (a) ((Any individual who is)) If you were registered as an investment adviser or investment adviser representative in any jurisdiction in the United States on ((the effective date of this amended rule)) January 1, 2000, you shall not be required to satisfy the examination requirements for initial or continued registration, provided that the director may require additional examinations ((for any individual)) if you are found to have violated the Securities Act of Washington, Chapter 21.20 RCW, or the Uniform Securities Act.

     (b) ((An individual who has not been registered in any jurisdiction for a period of two years shall be required to comply with the examination requirements of subsection (1).)) Any person who has been registered as an investment adviser or investment adviser representative in any state requiring the licensing, registration, or qualification of investment advisers or investment adviser representatives within the two-year period immediately preceding the date of filing of an application shall not be required to comply with the examination requirement set forth in subsection (1) of this section provided that the person previously met the examination requirement in subsection (1) of this section.

     (c) An applicant who has taken and passed the Uniform Investment Adviser State Law Examination (Series 65 examination) within two years prior to the date the application is filed with the director shall not be required to take and pass the Uniform Investment Adviser State Law Examination again.

     (d) An applicant who is an agent for a broker-dealer/investment adviser and who is not required by the agent's home jurisdiction to make a separate filing on CRD as an investment adviser representative but who has previously met the examination requirement in subsection (1) of this section necessary to provide advisory services on behalf of the broker-dealer/investment adviser, shall not be required to take and pass the Uniform Investment Adviser State Law Examination (Series 65 examination) or the Uniform Combined State Law Examination (Series 66 examination) again.

     (3) Examination waivers. ((The examination requirements shall not apply to an individual who currently)) You are not required to take the examinations set forth in subsection (1) of this section if you currently hold((s)) one of the following professional designations:

     (a) Certified Financial Planner (CFP¦) issued by the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, Inc.;

     (b) Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC) awarded by The American College, Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania;

     (c) Personal Financial Specialist (PFS) administered by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants;

     (d) Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) granted by the ((Association for Investment Management and Research)) CFA Institute;

     (e) Chartered Investment Counselor (CIC) granted by the Investment ((Counsel)) Adviser Association ((of America)); or

     (f) Such other professional designation as the director may by order recognize.

     (4) If ((the person)) you are applying for registration as an investment adviser ((is)) and you are any entity other than a sole proprietor, an officer, general partner, managing member, or other equivalent person of authority in the entity may take the examination on behalf of the entity. If the person ((taking)) that took the examination ceases to be a person of authority in the entity, then ((the investment adviser)) you must notify the director of a substitute person of authority who has ((passed the examinations required in subsection (1) of this section within two months in order to maintain the investment adviser license)) registered with the director as an investment adviser representative.

     (5) Registration requirements.

     (a) ((A person applying)) To apply for initial registration as an investment adviser ((shall)), you must file a completed Form ADV with IARD along with the following:

     (i) Proof of complying with the examination or waiver requirements specified in subsections (1) through (4) above;

     (ii) ((A financial statement demonstrating compliance with the requirements of WAC 460-24A-170)) Such financial statements as are set forth in WAC 460-24A-060, including a copy of the balance sheet for the last fiscal year, and if such balance sheet is as of a date more than ninety days from the date of filing the application, an unaudited balance sheet prepared as set forth in WAC 460-24A-060, if necessary;

     (iii) A copy of the surety bond required by WAC 460-24A-170, if applicable;

     (iv) The application fee specified in RCW 21.20.340; and

     (((iv))) (v) Such other documents as the director may require.

     (b) ((A person applying)) To apply for initial registration as an investment adviser representative, you shall file a completed Form ((U-4)) U4 with IARD along with the following:

     (i) Proof of complying with the examination or waiver requirements specified in subsections (1) through (4) above;

     (ii) The application fee specified in RCW 21.20.340; and

     (iii) Such other documents as the director may require.

     (c) If you advise one or more pooled investment vehicles, then you must also submit to the division as part of your application, copies of the following documents:

     (i) Account agreement with each qualified custodian for each pooled investment vehicle pursuant to WAC 460-24A-105;

     (ii) Engagement letter with an independent certified public accountant or agreement with an independent party for each pooled investment vehicle pursuant to WAC 460-24A-107;

     (iii) Private placement memorandum or other offering circular used to solicit investors to purchase interests in each pooled investment vehicle;

     (iv) Subscription agreement for each pooled investment vehicle;

     (v) Operating agreement for each pooled investment vehicle; and

     (vi) Such other documents as the director may require in order to complete the application.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 21.20.450, 21.20.050, 21.20.100. 01-16-125, § 460-24A-050, filed 7/31/01, effective 10/24/01. Statutory Authority: RCW 21.20.450. 00-01-001, § 460-24A-050, filed 12/1/99, effective 1/1/00; 97-16-050, § 460-24A-050, filed 7/31/97, effective 8/31/97. Statutory Authority: RCW 21.20.450 and 21.20.070. 95-16-026 and 95-17-002, § 460-24A-050, filed 7/21/95 and 8/2/95, effective 8/21/95 and 9/2/95. Statutory Authority: RCW 21.20.070 and 21.20.450. 90-05-003, § 460-24A-050, filed 2/9/90, effective 3/12/90; 89-17-077 (Order SDO-123-89), § 460-24A-050, filed 8/17/89, effective 9/17/89. Statutory Authority: RCW 21.20.450. 85-23-063 (Order SDO-220-85), § 460-24A-050, filed 11/19/85; 85-16-068 (Order SDO-128-85), § 460-24A-050, filed 8/1/85. Statutory Authority: RCW 21.20.450 and 21.20.040. 83-03-024 (Order SDO-6-83), § 460-24A-050, filed 1/13/83. Statutory Authority: RCW 21.20.450. 82-02-033 (Order SDO-149-81), § 460-24A-050, filed 12/31/81; Order SD-131-77, § 460-24A-050, filed 11/23/77; Order 304, § 460-24A-050, filed 2/28/75, effective 4/1/75. Formerly chapter 460-24 WAC.]


AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 01-16-125, filed 7/31/01, effective 10/24/01)

WAC 460-24A-057   Renewal of investment adviser and investment adviser representative registration -- Delinquency fees.   (1) Application for renewal. You may renew your registration as an investment adviser or investment adviser representative ((may be renewed)) by filing the following with IARD:

     (a) Any renewal application required by IARD;

     (b) The renewal fee required by RCW 21.20.340; and

     (c) An electronically submitted Form ((U-4)) U4, unless:

     (i) The Form ((U-4)) U4 has been previously submitted to IARD electronically; or

     (ii) The investment adviser, filing on behalf of the investment adviser representative, has been granted a hardship exemption under WAC 460-24A-047(4).

     (2) Delinquency fees. For any renewal application received by IARD after the expiration date set forth in WAC 460-24A-055, but on or before March 1 of the following year, the licensee shall pay a delinquency fee in addition to the renewal fee. The delinquency fee for investment advisers shall be one hundred dollars. The delinquency fee for investment adviser representatives shall be fifty dollars.

     (((3))) No renewal applications will be accepted after March 1. An investment adviser or investment adviser representative may apply for reregistration by complying with WAC 460-24A-050.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 21.20.450, 21.20.050, 21.20.100. 01-16-125, § 460-24A-057, filed 7/31/01, effective 10/24/01.]


NEW SECTION
WAC 460-24A-059   Pending application -- Notice of termination -- Application for continuation.   The director may at his or her discretion send notice to an applicant for investment adviser or investment adviser representative registration with respect to any pending application in which no action has been taken for nine months immediately prior to the sending of such notice, advising such applicant that the pending registration will be terminated thirty days from the date of sending such notice unless on or before the termination date the applicant responds in writing to the director showing good cause why the application should be continued as a pending application. If the applicant does not request in writing that the application be continued or show good cause why it should be continued, the director may terminate the pending application.

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AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 01-16-125, filed 7/31/01, effective 10/24/01)

WAC 460-24A-060   Financial ((statements required on)) reporting requirements for investment advisers.   ((Every)) (1) If you are an investment adviser ((shall)) registered or required to be registered under RCW 21.20.040 who has custody of client funds or securities or you require payment of advisory fees six months or more in advance and in excess of five hundred dollars per client, you must file with the director ((a)) an audited balance sheet as of the end of ((the investment adviser's)) your fiscal year. ((The)) Each balance sheet ((shall be prepared in accordance with)) filed pursuant to this subsection must be:

     (a) Prepared in conformity with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) ((unless the director, on a case-by-case basis, allows another basis of presentation. The balance sheet shall be filed annually with the director not more than ninety days after the end of the investment adviser's fiscal year-end (unless extension of time is granted by the director))) and audited in accordance with generally accepted auditing standards by an independent certified public accountant; and

     (b) Accompanied by an audit opinion of the accountant on the audit of the balance sheet.

     (2) If you are an investment adviser registered or required to be registered under RCW 21.20.040 that has custody as defined in WAC 460-24A-005 (1)(a)(iii) and you have notified the director on Form ADV that you will comply with the safekeeping requirements in WAC 460-24A-107 (1)(b), you must file with the director a copy of the audited financial statements of each pooled investment vehicle for which you are a general partner (or managing member or other comparable position).

     (3) If you are an investment adviser registered or required to be registered under RCW 21.20.040 and are not subject to the financial statement reporting requirements in subsection (1) or (2) of this section, you must file with the director a balance sheet, which need not be audited, but which must be prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles and represented by you or the person who prepared the statement as true and accurate, as of the end of your fiscal year.

     (4) The financial statements required by this section must be filed with the director within one hundred twenty days following the end of your fiscal year, except for the audited financial statements of pooled investment vehicles you obtain and distribute pursuant to WAC 460-24A-107(1), which must be filed with the director within one hundred twenty days following the end of each pooled investment vehicle's fiscal year.

     (5) If you are an investment adviser that has its principal place of business in a state other than this state, you must file only such reports as required by the state in which you maintain your principal place of business, provided that you are licensed in such state and are in compliance with such state's financial reporting requirements.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 21.20.450, 21.20.050, 21.20.100. 01-16-125, § 460-24A-060, filed 7/31/01, effective 10/24/01. Statutory Authority: RCW 21.20.450. 85-16-068 (Order SDO-128-85), § 460-24A-060, filed 8/1/85; Order 304, § 460-24A-060, filed 2/28/75, effective 4/1/75. Formerly chapter 460-24 WAC.]


AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 01-16-125, filed 7/31/01, effective 10/24/01)

WAC 460-24A-070   Notice filing((s)) requirements for federal covered advisers.   (1) Notice filing. If you are a federal covered adviser, you must file the notice filing required ((of a federal covered adviser)) pursuant to RCW 21.20.050 ((shall be filed)) with IARD on a completed Form ADV. ((A)) The notice filing ((of a federal covered adviser)) shall be deemed filed when the fee required by RCW 21.20.340 and the Form ADV are filed with and accepted by IARD on behalf of the state.

     (2) ((Portions of Form ADV not yet accepted by IARD. Until IARD provides for the filing of Part 2 of Form ADV, Part 2 will be deemed filed if it is provided to the director within five days of the director's request. The federal covered adviser is not required to submit Part 2 of the Form ADV to the director unless requested.)) Form ADV Part 2. The director will accept a copy of Part 2 of Form ADV as filed electronically with IARD.

     (3) Renewal. If you are a federal covered adviser, you must file the annual renewal of ((the)) your notice filing ((for a federal covered adviser shall be filed)) with IARD. The renewal ((of the notice filing for a federal covered adviser)) shall be deemed filed when the fee required by RCW 21.20.340 is filed with and accepted by IARD on behalf of the state.

     (4) Updates and amendments. If you are a federal covered adviser, you must file any amendments to ((its)) your Form ADV with IARD in accordance with the instructions in the Form ADV.

     (5) Hardship exemption. If you are a federal covered adviser that, because ((it has)) you have received a hardship exemption from the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), ((is)) are not required to file ((its)) your Form ADV with the SEC through IARD you shall, in lieu of filing electronically, file the documents and fees required by this section directly with the director.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 21.20.450, 21.20.050, 21.20.100. 01-16-125, § 460-24A-070, filed 7/31/01, effective 10/24/01.]


NEW SECTION
WAC 460-24A-071   Registration exemption for investment advisers to private funds.   (1) Exemption for private fund advisers. You are exempt from the registration requirements for investment advisers in RCW 21.20.040 if you are a private fund adviser as defined in WAC 460-24A-005 and you satisfy each of the following conditions:

     (a) Neither you nor any of your advisory affiliates are subject to a disqualification as described in WAC 460-44A-505 (2)(d); and

     (b) You file with the division each report and amendment thereto that an exempt reporting adviser is required to file with the Securities and Exchange Commission pursuant to Securities and Exchange Commission Rule 204-4, 17 C.F.R. 275.204-4.

     (2) Federal covered investment advisers. If you are a private fund adviser that is registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission, you are not eligible for the exemption provided in subsection (1) of this section and you must comply with the state notice filing requirements applicable to federal covered investment advisers in WAC 460-24A-070.

     (3) Investment adviser representatives. You are exempt from the registration requirements for investment adviser representatives set forth in RCW 21.20.040 if you are employed by or associated with an investment adviser that is exempt from registration in this state pursuant to subsection (1) of this section and you do not otherwise act as an investment adviser representative.

     (4) Electronic filing. You must make the report filings described in subsection (1)(b) of this section electronically through IARD. A report shall be deemed filed when the report is filed and accepted by the IARD on the state's behalf.

     (5) Transition. If you become ineligible for the exemption provided in subsection (1) of this section, you must comply with all applicable laws and rules requiring registration or notice filing within ninety days from the date your eligibility for this exemption ceases.

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NEW SECTION
WAC 460-24A-072   Registration exemption for investment advisers to venture capital funds.   (1) Exemption for venture capital fund advisers. You are exempt from the registration requirements for investment advisers in RCW 21.20.040 if you are exempt from registration under Section 203(l) of the Investment Advisers Act of 1940, 15 U.S.C. 80b-3(l), and Rule 203(l)-1 adopted thereunder, 17 C.F.R. 275.203(l)-1, provided you satisfy each of the following conditions:

     (a) Neither you nor any of your advisory affiliates are subject to a disqualification as described in WAC 460-44A-505 (2)(d); and

     (b) You file with the division each report and amendment thereto that an exempt reporting adviser is required to file with the Securities and Exchange Commission pursuant to Securities and Exchange Commission Rule 204-4, 17 C.F.R. 275.204-4.

     (2) Federal covered investment advisers. If you are a venture capital fund adviser that is registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission, you are not eligible for the exemption provided in subsection (1) of this section and you must comply with the state notice filing requirements applicable to federal covered investment advisers in WAC 460-24A-070.

     (3) Investment adviser representatives. You are exempt from the registration requirements for investment adviser representatives set forth in RCW 21.20.040 if you are employed by or associated with an investment adviser that is exempt from registration in this state pursuant to subsection (1) of this section and you do not otherwise act as an investment adviser representative.

     (4) Electronic filing. You must make the report filings described in subsection (1)(b) of this section electronically through IARD. A report shall be deemed filed when the report is filed and accepted by the IARD on the state's behalf.

     (5) Transition. If you become ineligible for the exemption provided in subsection (1) of this section, you must comply with all applicable laws and rules requiring registration or notice filing within ninety days from the date your eligibility for this exemption ceases.

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AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 01-16-125, filed 7/31/01, effective 10/24/01)

WAC 460-24A-080   Termination of investment adviser and investment adviser representative registration and federal covered adviser notice filing status.   (1) Investment advisers and federal covered advisers. If you are an investment adviser or federal covered adviser ((may)) and you want to terminate ((its)) your registration or notice filing ((status)), you must do so by complying with the instructions to Form ADV-W and filing a completed Form ADV-W with IARD.

     (2) Investment adviser representative. ((The termination of)) If you are an investment adviser and you terminate an investment adviser representative, you must terminate the registration ((as an)) of the investment adviser representative pursuant to RCW 21.20.080 ((shall be reported)) by complying with the instructions to Form ((U-5)) U5 and filing a completed Form ((U-5)) U5 with IARD within thirty days of termination.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 21.20.450, 21.20.050, 21.20.100. 01-16-125, § 460-24A-080, filed 7/31/01, effective 10/24/01.]


AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending Order 304, filed 2/28/75, effective 4/1/75)

WAC 460-24A-100   Advertisements by investment advisers.   (1) ((It shall constitute)) If you are an investment adviser, federal covered adviser, or investment adviser representative, it is an "act, practice, or course of business" which operates or would operate as a fraud within the meaning of RCW 21.20.020 for ((an investment adviser)) you, directly or indirectly, to publish, circulate or distribute any advertisement:

     (a) Which refers, directly or indirectly, to any testimonial of any kind concerning ((the investment adviser)) you or concerning any advice, analysis, report or other service rendered by ((such investment adviser)) you; or

     (b) Which refers, directly or indirectly, to any past specific recommendations ((of such investment adviser)) you made which were or would have been profitable to any person: Provided, however, That this clause (b) does not prohibit ((an advertisement which sets)) you from setting out or ((offers)) offering to furnish a list of all recommendations you made ((by such investment adviser)) within the immediately preceding period of not less than one year if such advertisement, and such list if it is furnished separately:

     (i) States the name of each such security recommended, the date and nature of each such recommendation (e.g., whether to buy, sell or hold), the market price at that time, the price at which the recommendation was to be acted upon, and the market price of each such security as of the most recent practicable date((,)); and

     (ii) Contains the following cautionary legend on the first page thereof in print or type as large as the largest print or type used in the body or text thereof: "It should not be assumed that recommendations made in the future will be profitable or will equal the performance of the securities in this list"; or

     (c) Which represents, directly or indirectly, that any graph, chart, formula or other device being offered can in and of itself be used to determine which securities to buy or sell, or when to buy or sell them; or which represents, directly or indirectly, that any graph, chart, formula or other device being offered will assist any person in making his own decisions as to which securities to buy or sell, or when to buy or sell them, without prominently disclosing in such advertisement the limitations thereof and the difficulties with respect to its use; or

     (d) Which contains any statement to the effect that any report, analysis, or other service will be furnished free or without charge, unless such report, analysis or other service actually is or will be furnished entirely free and without any condition or obligation, directly or indirectly; or

     (e) Which contains any untrue statement of a material fact, or which is otherwise false or misleading.

     (2) For the purposes of this section, the term "advertisement" includes any notice, circular, letter or other written communication addressed to more than one person, or any notice or other announcement in any publication or by electronic means, including online, or by radio or television, which offers:

     (a) Any analysis, report, or publication concerning securities, or which is to be used in making any determination as to when to buy or sell any security, or which security to buy or sell((,)); or

     (b) Any graph, chart, formula or other device to be used in making any determination as to when to buy or sell any security, or which security to buy or sell((,)); or

     (c) Any other investment advisory service with regard to ((security)) securities.

[Order 304, § 460-24A-100, filed 2/28/75, effective 4/1/75. Formerly chapter 460-24 WAC.]


AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 08-18-033, filed 8/27/08, effective 9/27/08)

WAC 460-24A-105   Requirements for an investment adviser that has custody or possession of client funds or securities.   If you are an investment adviser registered or required to be registered under RCW 21.20.040, it shall constitute an "act, practice, or course of business" which operates or would operate as a fraud within the meaning of RCW 21.20.020 for you to have custody of client funds or securities unless:

     (1) You notify the director. You notify the director promptly on Form ADV that you have or may have custody;

     (2) A qualified custodian maintains your clients' funds and securities.

     (a) A qualified custodian maintains your clients' funds and securities:

     (i) In a separate account for each client under that client's name; or

     (ii) In accounts that contain only your clients' funds and securities, under either your name as agent or trustee for the clients or, in the case of a pooled investment vehicle that you manage, in the name of the pooled investment vehicle; and

     (b) You maintain a separate record for each such account which shows the name and address of the qualified custodian where such account is maintained, the dates and amounts of deposits in and withdrawals from such account, and the exact amount of each client's beneficial interest in such account;

     (3) You notify clients of the identity of the qualified custodian. If you open an account with a qualified custodian on your client's behalf, either under the client's name, under your name as agent, or under the name of a pooled investment vehicle, you notify the client in writing of the qualified custodian's name, address, and the manner in which the funds or securities are maintained, promptly when the account is opened and following any changes to this information. If you send account statements to a client to which you are required to provide this notice, you must include in the notification provided to that client and in any subsequent account statement you send that client a statement urging the client to compare the account statements from the custodian with those from you;

     (4) Either you or a qualified custodian sends account statements to your clients. You or a qualified custodian sends your clients account statements subject to the following requirements:

     (a) Requirements if qualified custodian sends account statements. If you do not send account statements to your clients, you have a reasonable basis for believing, after due inquiry, that the qualified custodian sends an account statement, at least quarterly, to each of your clients for which the qualified custodian maintains funds or securities, within a reasonable period of time after the end of the statement period, identifying the amount of funds and of each security in the account at the end of the period and setting forth all transactions in the account during that period;

     (b) Requirements if you send account statements. If the qualified custodian does not send account statements to your clients:

     (i) You send account statements, at least quarterly, to each of your clients for whom you have custody of funds or securities, within a reasonable period of time after the end of the statement period, identifying the amount of funds and of each security of which you have custody at the end of the period and setting forth all transactions during that period;

     (ii) An independent certified public accountant verifies all client funds and securities by actual examination at least once during each calendar year, pursuant to a written agreement between you and the accountant, at a time that is chosen by the accountant without prior notice or announcement to you and that is irregular from year to year((, and)). The written agreement must provide for the first examination to occur within six months of becoming subject to this subsection, except that, if the investment adviser maintains client funds or securities pursuant to this rule as a qualified custodian, the agreement must provide for the first examination to occur no later than six months after obtaining the internal control report. The written agreement must require the accountant to:

     (A) File((s)) a ((copy of the special examination report)) certificate on Form ADV-E with the director within ((thirty)) one hundred twenty days ((after the completion of the examination)) of the time chosen by the independent certified public accountant to conduct the examination, stating that it has examined the funds and securities and describing the nature and extent of the examination; and

     (((iii) The independent certified public accountant, upon finding any material discrepancies during the course of the examination, notifies)) (B) Notify the director within one business day of the finding of any material discrepancies during the course of the examination, by means of a facsimile transmission or electronic mail, followed by first class mail, directed to the attention of the director; and

     (((c) Account statements are sent to limited partners and members of limited liability companies that you advise. If you are a general partner of a limited partnership (or managing member of a limited liability company, or hold a comparable position for another type of pooled investment vehicle), the account statements required under this subsection are sent to each limited partner (or member or other beneficial owner); and)) (C) File within four business days of the resignation or dismissal from, or other termination of, the engagement, or removing itself or being removed from consideration for being reappointed, Form ADV-E accompanied by a statement that includes:

     (I) The date of such resignation, dismissal, removal, or other termination, and the name, address, and contact information of the independent certified public accountant; and

     (II) An explanation of any problems relating to examination scope or procedure that contributed to such resignation, dismissal, removal, or other termination;

     (5) A client may designate an independent representative to receive account statements. A client may designate an independent representative to receive, on his or her behalf, notices and account statements as required under subsections (3) and (4) of this section;

     (6) Investment advisers acting as qualified custodians. If you are an investment adviser that maintains, or if you have custody because a related person maintains, client funds or securities pursuant to this rule as a qualified custodian in connection with the advisory services you provide to clients:

     (a) You must enter into an agreement with an independent certified public accountant to conduct an examination to verify client funds and securities as otherwise provided in subsection (4)(b)(ii) of this section. The independent certified public accountant you retain must be registered with, and subject to regular inspection as of the commencement of the professional engagement period, and as of each calendar year-end, by, the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board in accordance with its rules; and

     (b) You must obtain, or receive from your related person, within six months of becoming subject to this subsection (6) and thereafter no less frequently than once each calendar year a written internal control report prepared by an independent certified public accountant subject to the following:

     (i) The internal control report must include an opinion of an independent certified public accountant as to whether controls have been placed in operation as of a specific date, and are suitably designed and are operating effectively to meet control objectives relating to custodial services, including safeguarding of funds and securities held by either you or a related person on behalf of your clients;

     (ii) The independent certified public accountant must verify that the funds and securities are reconciled to a custodian other than you or your related person; and

     (iii) The independent certified public accountant must be registered with, and subject to regular inspection as of the commencement of the professional engagement period, and as of each calendar year-end, by, the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board in accordance with its rules.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 21.20.450, 21.20.900, 21.20.100, 21.20.050 - [21.20].060. 08-18-033, § 460-24A-105, filed 8/27/08, effective 9/27/08. Statutory Authority: RCW 21.20.450, 21.20.050, 21.20.100. 01-16-125, § 460-24A-105, filed 7/31/01, effective 10/24/01; Order 304, § 460-24A-105, filed 2/28/75, effective 4/1/75. Formerly chapter 460-24 WAC.]


AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 08-18-033, filed 8/27/08, effective 9/27/08)

WAC 460-24A-106   Additional custody requirements for an investment adviser that directly deducts fees from client accounts.   (1) If you are an investment adviser registered or required to be registered under RCW 21.20.040 who has custody as defined in WAC 460-24A-005(1) ((solely)) because you have the authority to directly deduct fees from client accounts, you must comply with the safekeeping requirements in WAC 460-24A-105 and the following additional safeguards:

     (a) You must have your client's written authorization. You must have written authorization from your client to deduct advisory fees from the account held with the qualified custodian.

     (b) You must provide notice to the qualified custodian and an itemized invoice to your client. Each time a fee is directly deducted from your client's account, you must concurrently:

     (i) Send the qualified custodian notice of the amount of the fee to be deducted from your client's account; and

     (ii) Send your client an invoice itemizing the fee. Itemization includes the formula used to calculate the fee, the amount of assets under management the fee is based on, and the time period covered by the fee.

     (c) You must notify the director that you will comply with these safekeeping requirements. You must notify the director on Form ADV that you will comply with the safekeeping requirements set forth in this section.

     (2) Waiver of net worth and bonding requirements. If you have custody as defined in WAC 460-24A-005(1) solely because you have the authority to have fees directly deducted from client accounts and you comply with the safekeeping requirements set forth in this section, you are not required to comply with the net worth and bonding requirements for an investment adviser that has custody set forth in WAC 460-24A-170.

     (3) Waiver of audited balance sheet requirement. If you have custody solely as defined in WAC 460-24A-005(1) because you have the authority to directly deduct fees from client accounts, you are not required to comply with the requirement to file an audited balance sheet as set forth in WAC 460-24A-060(1) if you comply with WAC 460-24A-060(3), the safekeeping requirements in WAC 460-24A-105, and subsection (1) of this section.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 21.20.450, 21.20.900, 21.20.100, 21.20.050 - [21.20].060. 08-18-033, § 460-24A-106, filed 8/27/08, effective 9/27/08.]


AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 08-18-033, filed 8/27/08, effective 9/27/08)

WAC 460-24A-107   Additional custody requirements for an investment adviser that manages a pooled investment vehicle or trust.   (1) If you are an investment adviser registered or required to be registered under RCW 21.20.040 that has custody as defined in WAC 460-24A-005 (1)(a)(iii), you must, in addition to complying with the safekeeping requirements set forth in WAC 460-24A-105, either:

     (a) ((Comply with additional safekeeping requirements. In addition to the safekeeping requirements set forth in WAC 460-24A-105, you must comply with the following safekeeping requirements:)) Engage an independent party to authorize withdrawals from the pooled account.

     (i) ((You must engage an independent party to authorize withdrawals from the pooled account.)) You must ((hire)) enter into a written agreement with an independent party to review all fees, expenses, and capital withdrawals from the pooled accounts;

     (ii) ((You must send detailed invoices or receipts to the independent party.)) You must send all invoices or receipts to the independent party, detailing the amount of the fee, expenses, or capital withdrawal and the method of calculation such that the independent party can:

     (A) Determine that the payment is in accordance with the pooled investment vehicle standards (generally the partnership agreement or membership agreement); and

     (B) Forward, to the qualified custodian, approval for payment of the invoice with a copy to the investment adviser; and

     (iii) ((You must notify the director that you will comply with these additional safekeeping requirements.)) You must notify the director on Form ADV that you will comply with the safekeeping requirements in (a) of this subsection; or

     (b) ((You must)) Provide audited financial statements of the pooled investment vehicle to all limited partners or members. ((If you do not comply with the safekeeping requirements set forth in WAC 460-24A-105 and (a) of this subsection, you must comply with the following alternative safekeeping requirements:))

     (i) ((The pooled investment vehicle must be subject to annual audits.)) You must cause the financial statements of the limited partnership (or limited liability company, or another type of pooled investment vehicle) for which you are a general partner (or managing member or other comparable position) to be subject to audit, at least annually, by an independent certified public accountant to be conducted in accordance with generally accepted auditing standards;

     (ii) ((You must distribute audited financial statements for the pooled investment vehicle to all beneficial owners.)) You must distribute the audited financial statements ((prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles for the limited partnership (or limited liability company, or another type of pooled investment vehicle) for which you are a general partner (or managing member or other comparable position))) to all limited partners (or members or other beneficial owners), or the independent representative where one has been designated, within one hundred twenty days of the end of ((its)) the pooled investment vehicle's fiscal year. If the limited partners (or members or other beneficial owners) are themselves limited partnerships (or limited liability companies, or another type of pooled investment vehicle) that are related persons to you, you must distribute the audited financial statements to each beneficial owner that is unrelated to you; ((and))

     (iii) ((You must notify the director that you will distribute audited financial statements of the pooled investment vehicle to all beneficial owners.)) You must distribute, upon liquidation, the fund's final audited financial statements prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles to all limited partners (or members or other beneficial owners), or the independent representative where one has been designated, and the director promptly after the completion of such audit;

     (iv) The written agreement with the independent certified public accountant must require the independent certified public accountant to, upon resignation or dismissal from, or other termination of, the engagement, or upon removing itself or being removed from consideration for being reappointed, notify the director within four business days accompanied by a statement that includes:

     (A) The date of such resignation, dismissal, removal, or other termination, and the name, address, and contact information of the independent certified public accountant; and

     (B) An explanation of any problems relating to audit scope or procedure that contributed to such resignation, dismissal, removal, or other termination; and

     (v) You must notify the director on Form ADV that you will comply with the safekeeping requirements in (b)(i) and (ii) of this subsection((.));

     (2) You must deliver account statements to each limited partner (or member or other beneficial owner). If you are an investment adviser to a limited partnership (or managing member of a limited liability company, or hold a comparable position for another type of pooled investment vehicle), you must:

     (a) Send the account statements required under WAC 460-24A-105 to each limited partner (or member or other beneficial owner). If the limited partners (or members or other beneficial owners) are themselves limited partnerships (or limited liability companies, or another type of pooled investment vehicle) that are your related persons, you must send the account statements required under WAC 460-24A-105 to each beneficial owner of the fund that is unrelated to you; and

     (b) Include the following information in the account statements, which will satisfy the requirements under WAC 460-24A-105 (4)(b)(i):

     (i) The total amount of all additions to and withdrawals from the fund as a whole as well as the opening and closing value of the fund at the end of the quarter based on the custodian's records;

     (ii) A listing of all long and short positions on the closing date of the statement in accordance with FASB Rule ASC 946-210-50; and

     (iii) The total amount of additions to and withdrawals from the fund by the investor as well as the total value of the investor's interest in the fund at the end of the quarter.

     (3) If you ((comply with the additional safekeeping requirements)) engage an independent party, you are not required to comply with the net worth and bonding requirements for an investment adviser that has custody. If you have custody solely as defined in WAC ((460-24A-105)) 460-24A-005 (1)(a)(iii) and you comply with the safekeeping requirements in WAC 460-24A-105 and subsection (1)(a) of this section, you are not required to comply with the net worth and bonding requirements for an investment adviser that has custody set forth in WAC 460-24A-170.

     (((3))) (4) If you distribute audited financial statements of the pooled investment vehicle to all beneficial owners, you are not required to comply with the surprise examination requirements. You are not required to comply with the surprise examination requirements set forth in WAC 460-24A-105 (4)(b)(ii) ((and (iii))) with respect to the account of a limited partnership (or limited liability company, or another type of pooled investment vehicle) that is subject to audit if you otherwise comply with the safekeeping requirements in WAC 460-24A-105 and subsection (1)(b) of this section.

     (5) If you distribute audited financial statements of the pooled investment vehicle to all beneficial owners, you are not required to file an audited balance sheet. If you have custody solely as defined in WAC 460-24A-005 (1)(a)(iii), you are not required to comply with the requirement to file an audited balance sheet as set forth in WAC 460-24A-060(1) if you comply with WAC 460-24A-060(3), the safekeeping requirements in WAC 460-24A-105, and subsections (1)(b) and (2) of this section.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 21.20.450, 21.20.900, 21.20.100, 21.20.050 - [21.20].060. 08-18-033, § 460-24A-107, filed 8/27/08, effective 9/27/08.]


AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 08-18-033, filed 8/27/08, effective 9/27/08)

WAC 460-24A-108   Additional custody requirements for an investment adviser that acts as trustee and investment adviser to a trust.   If you are an investment adviser registered or required to be registered under RCW 21.20.040 that acts as an investment adviser to a trust and the trust has retained you or one of your representatives, employees, directors, or owners as trustee, you must comply with the following requirements:

     (1) You must send invoices to the qualified custodian and a person connected to the trust at the same time. You must send to the grantor of the trust, the attorney for the trust if it is a testamentary trust, the co-trustee (other than you or one of your representatives, employees, directors, or owners); or a defined beneficiary of the trust, at the same time that you send any invoice to the qualified custodian, an invoice showing the amount of the trustees' fee or investment management or advisory fee, the value of the assets on which the fees were based, and the specific manner in which the fees were calculated.

     (2) You must have an agreement with a qualified custodian that contains certain terms. You must enter into a written agreement with a qualified custodian that complies with the following requirements:

     (a) The agreement must restrict payments to you or persons related to you. The agreement must specify that the qualified custodian will neither deliver trust securities nor transmit any funds to you or one of your representatives, employees, directors, or owners, except that the qualified custodian may pay trustees' fees to the trustee and investment management or advisory fees to you, provided that:

     (i) The grantor of the trust or attorneys for the trust, if it is a testamentary trust, the co-trustee (other than you or one of your representatives, employees, directors, or owners), or a defined beneficiary of the trust has authorized the qualified custodian in writing to pay those fees;

     (ii) The statements for those fees show the amount of the fees for the trustee and, in the case of statements for investment management or advisory fees, show the value of the trust assets on which the fee is based and the manner in which the fee was calculated; and

     (iii) The qualified custodian agrees to send to the grantor of the trust, the attorneys for a testamentary trust, the co-trustee (other than you or one of your representatives, employees, directors, or owners); or a defined beneficiary of the trust, at least quarterly, a statement of all disbursements from the account of the trust, including the amount of investment management fees paid to you and the amount of trustees' fees paid to the trustee.

     (b) The agreement must restrict the transfer of funds or securities. Except as otherwise set forth in subsection (1)(b)(i) of this section, the agreement must specify that the qualified custodian may transfer funds or securities, or both, of the trust only upon the direction of the trustee (who may be you or one of your representatives, employees, directors, or owners), who you have duly accepted as an authorized signatory. The grantor of the trust or attorneys for the trust, if it is a testamentary trust, the co-trustee (other than you or one of your representatives, employees, directors, or owners), or a defined beneficiary of the trust, must designate the authorized signatory for management of the trust. The agreement must further specify that the direction to transfer funds or securities, or both, can only be made to the following:

     (i) To a trust company, bank trust department or brokerage firm independent from you for the account of the trust to which the assets relate;

     (ii) To the named grantors or to the named beneficiaries of the trust;

     (iii) To a third person independent from you in payment of the fees or charges of the third person including, but not limited to:

     (A) Attorney's, accountant's, or qualified custodian's fees for the trust; and

     (B) Taxes, interest, maintenance, or other expenses, if there is property other than securities or cash owned by the trust;

     (iv) To third persons independent from you for any other purpose legitimately associated with the management of the trust; or

     (v) To a broker-dealer in the normal course of portfolio purchases and sales, provided that the transfer is made on payment against delivery basis or payment against trust receipt.

     (3) You must notify the director that you will comply with these safekeeping requirements. You must notify the director on Form ADV that you will comply with the safekeeping requirements set forth in this section.

     (4) You are not required to comply with the net worth and bonding requirements for an investment adviser that has custody if you comply with these safekeeping requirements. If you have custody solely as defined in WAC 460-24A-005 (1)(a)(iii) because you are the trustee of a trust and you comply with the safekeeping requirements in WAC 460-24A-105 and this section, you are not required to comply with the net worth and bonding requirements for an investment adviser that has custody set forth in WAC 460-24A-170.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 21.20.450, 21.20.900, 21.20.100, 21.20.050 - [21.20].060. 08-18-033, § 460-24A-108, filed 8/27/08, effective 9/27/08.]


AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 08-18-033, filed 8/27/08, effective 9/27/08)

WAC 460-24A-109   Exceptions from custody requirements.   Exceptions from the custody requirements for investment advisers that are registered or required to be registered under RCW 21.20.040 are available in the following circumstances:

     (1)(a) You are not required to ((comply with the custody requirements for)) engage a qualified custodian to hold certain privately offered securities. You are not required to comply with WAC 460-24A-105(2) ((through 460-24A-108)) with respect to securities that are:

     (i) Acquired from the issuer in a transaction or chain of transactions not involving any public offering;

     (ii) Uncertificated, and ownership thereof is recorded only on books of the issuer or its transfer agent in the name of the client; and

     (iii) Transferable only with prior consent of the issuer or holders of the outstanding securities of the issuer.

     (b) Notwithstanding (a) of this subsection, the provisions of this subsection (1) are available with respect to securities held for the account of a limited partnership (or limited liability company, or other type of pooled investment vehicle) only if you comply with the requirements in WAC 460-24A-107 (1)(b).

     (2) You are not required to comply with the custody requirements with respect to the account of a registered investment company. You are not required to comply with WAC 460-24A-105 through 460-24A-108 with respect to the account of an investment company registered under the Investment Company Act of 1940, 15 U.S.C. 80a-1 to 80a-64.

     (3) You are not required to comply with the custody requirements with respect to a trust for the benefit of your relative. You are not required to comply with the safekeeping requirements of WAC 460-24A-105 through 460-24A-108 or the net worth and bonding requirements for an investment adviser that has custody set forth in WAC 460-24A-170 if you have custody solely because you or one of your representatives, employees, directors, or owners is a trustee for a beneficial trust, if all of the following conditions are met for each trust:

     (a) The beneficial owner of the trust is your parent, a grandparent, a spouse, a sibling, a child, or a grandchild. These relationships shall include "step" relationships.

     (b) For each account under (a) of this subsection, you comply with the following:

     (i) You provide a written statement to each beneficial owner of the account setting forth a description of the requirements of WAC 460-24A-105 through 460-24A-108 and WAC 460-24A-170 and the reasons why you will not be complying with those requirements;

     (ii) You obtain from each beneficial owner a signed and dated statement acknowledging the receipt of the written statement required under (b)(i) of this subsection; and

     (iii) You maintain a copy of both documents described in (b)(i) and (ii) of this subsection until the account is closed or you are no longer trustee.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 21.20.450, 21.20.900, 21.20.100, 21.20.050 - [21.20].060. 08-18-033, § 460-24A-109, filed 8/27/08, effective 9/27/08.]


AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 00-01-001, filed 12/1/99, effective 1/1/00)

WAC 460-24A-110   Agency cross transactions.   (((a))) (1) For purposes of this rule, "agency cross transaction for an advisory client" means a transaction in which a person acts as an investment adviser in relation to a transaction in which the investment adviser, or any person controlling, controlled by, or under common control with such investment adviser, including an investment adviser representative, acts as a broker-dealer for both the advisory client and another person on the other side of the transaction. When acting in such capacity such person is required to be registered as a broker-dealer in this state unless excluded from the definition.

     (((b))) (2) If you are an investment ((effecting)) adviser or investment adviser representative, it shall be unlawful for you to effect an agency cross transaction for an advisory client ((shall be in compliance with)) under RCW 21.20.020(((3)))(2) ((if the following)) unless you satisfy these conditions ((are met)):

     (((1))) (a) You obtain the written consent of the advisory client ((executes a written consent)) prospectively authorizing ((the investment adviser)) you to effect agency cross transactions for such client;

     (((2))) (b) Before obtaining such written consent from the client, ((the investment adviser)) you make((s)) full written disclosure to the client that, with respect to agency cross transactions, ((the investment adviser)) you will act as broker-dealer for, receive commissions from and have a potentially conflicting division of loyalties and responsibilities regarding both parties to the transactions;

     (((3))) (c) At or before the completion of each agency cross transaction, ((the investment adviser)) you or any other person relying on this rule sends the client a written confirmation. You must include the following in the written confirmation ((shall include (A))):

     (i) A statement of the nature of the transaction((, (B)));

     (ii) The date the transaction took place (((C)));

     (iii) An offer to furnish, upon request, the time when the transaction took place; and

     (((D))) (iv) The source and amount of any other remuneration the investment adviser received or will receive in connection with the transaction. In the case of a purchase, if the investment adviser was not participating in a distribution, or, in the case of a sale, if the investment adviser was not participating in a tender offer, the written confirmation may state whether the investment adviser has been receiving or will receive any other remuneration and that the investment adviser will furnish the source and amount of such remuneration to the client upon the client's written request;

     (((4))) (3) At least annually, and with or as part of any written statement or summary of the account from the investment adviser, the investment adviser or any other person relying on this rule sends each client a written disclosure statement identifying (((A))):

     (a) The total number of agency cross transactions during the period for the client since the date of the last such statement or summary; and

     (((B))) (b) The total amount of all commissions or other remuneration the investment adviser received or will receive in connection with agency cross transactions for the client during the period((;)).

     (((5))) (4) Each written disclosure and confirmation required by this rule must include a conspicuous statement that the client may revoke the written consent required under subsection (((b)(1))) (2)(a) of this ((rule)) section at any time by providing written notice to the investment adviser((;)).

     (((6))) (5) No agency cross transaction may be effected in which the same investment adviser recommended the transaction to both any seller and any purchaser.

     (((c))) (6) Nothing in this rule shall be construed to relieve an investment adviser or investment adviser representative from acting in the best interest of the client, including fulfilling his duty with respect to the best price and execution for the particular transaction for the client nor shall it relieve any investment adviser or investment adviser representative of any other disclosure obligations imposed by the Securities Act of Washington, chapter 21.20 RCW, and the rules and regulations thereunder.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 21.20.450. 00-01-001, § 460-24A-110, filed 12/1/99, effective 1/1/00. Statutory Authority: RCW 21.20.450 and 1998 c 15 § 2. 99-03-050, § 460-24A-110, filed 1/15/99, effective 2/15/99.]


NEW SECTION
WAC 460-24A-120   Compliance procedures and practices.   If you are an investment adviser registered or required to be registered under RCW 21.20.040, or a federal covered adviser, and have more than one employee, it is unlawful under RCW 21.20.020 for you to provide investment advice to clients unless you:

     (1) Policies and procedures. Adopt and implement written policies and procedures reasonably designed to prevent violation, by you and your supervised persons, of the Securities Act of Washington, chapter 21.20 RCW, and the rules adopted thereunder, and the federal securities laws;

     (2) Annual review of policies and procedures. Review, no less frequently than annually, the adequacy of the policies and procedures established pursuant to this section and the effectiveness of their implementation; and

     (3) Chief compliance officer. Designate an individual responsible for administering the policies and procedures that you adopt under subsection (1) of this section.

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NEW SECTION
WAC 460-24A-125   Proxy voting.   If you are an investment adviser registered or required to be registered under RCW 21.20.040, or a federal covered adviser, it is unlawful under RCW 21.20.020 for you to exercise voting authority with respect to client securities, unless you:

     (1) Adopt and implement written policies and procedures that are reasonably designed to ensure that you vote client securities in the best interest of clients, which procedures must include how you address material conflicts that may arise between your interests and those of your clients;

     (2) Disclose to clients how they may obtain information from you about how you voted with respect to their securities; and

     (3) Describe to clients your proxy voting policies and procedures and, upon request, furnish a copy of the policies and procedures to the requesting client.

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NEW SECTION
WAC 460-24A-130   Contents of investment advisory contract.   If you are an investment adviser registered or required to be registered under RCW 21.20.040, it is unlawful under RCW 21.20.020 and 21.20.030 for you to enter into, extend, or renew any investment advisory contract unless it provides in writing:

     (1) The services to be provided, the term of the contract, the investment advisory fee, the formula for computing the fee, the amount of prepaid fee to be returned in the event of termination or nonperformance of the contract, and whether and the extent to which the contract grants discretionary authority to you and any limits on such authority;

     (2) That no direct or indirect assignment or transfer of the contract may be made by you without the written consent of the client or other party to the contract;

     (3) That you shall not be compensated on the basis of a share of capital gains upon or capital appreciation of the funds or any portion of the funds of the client except as permitted under WAC 460-24A-150;

     (4) That if you are a partnership, you shall notify the client or other party to the investment contract of any change in the membership of the partnership within a reasonable time after the change;

     (5) That if you are an investment adviser who has custody as a consequence of your authority to make withdrawals from client accounts to pay your advisory fee, that the contract gives you the authority to deduct your advisory fees from the account held with the qualified custodian;

     (6) The nature and extent to which you are granted proxy voting authority with respect to client securities;

     (7) The terms for termination of the contract;

     (8) The nature and extent to which you may deliver electronically the documents specified in WAC 460-24A-145, account statements, fee invoices, and other documents and the extent and manner in which a client may opt out of receiving documents electronically; and

     (9) That the contract shall be governed by the laws of the state in which the client resides.

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AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending Order 304, filed 2/28/75, effective 4/1/75)

WAC 460-24A-140   Guarantees of success are prohibited.   ((No representation or statement, whether direct or by implication, should be made guaranteeing the success of investments made pursuant to recommendations of the advisory service concerned.)) It is an unlawful act, practice, or course of business which operates or would operate as a fraud or deceit under RCW 21.20.020 (1)(b) to make any representation or statement, whether directly or by implication, guaranteeing the success of investments made pursuant to the recommendations of an investment adviser or investment adviser representative.

[Order 304, § 460-24A-140, filed 2/28/75, effective 4/1/75. Formerly chapter 460-24 WAC.]


AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 02-19-093, filed 9/17/02, effective 10/18/02)

WAC 460-24A-145   Investment adviser brochure rule.   (1) General requirements. Unless otherwise provided in this rule, if you are an investment adviser((,)) registered or required to be registered pursuant to RCW 21.20.040, you shall, in accordance with the provisions of this section, ((offer and)) deliver to each advisory client and prospective advisory client ((written disclosure materials containing at least the information then so required by Part II of Form ADV and such other information as the director may require. If a federal covered adviser may utilize a copy of Part II of its Form ADV to provide the disclosures required pursuant to 17 CFR 275.204-3, then an investment adviser may use a copy of Part II of its ADV to provide the disclosures required by this section)):

     (a) A brochure which may be a copy of Part 2A of your Form ADV or written documents containing the information required by Part 2A of Form ADV. The brochure must comply with the language, organizational format and filing requirements specified in the Instructions to Form ADV Part 2;

     (b) A copy of your Part 2B brochure supplement for each individual:

     (i) Providing investment advice and having direct contact with clients in this state; or

     (ii) Exercising discretion over assets of clients in this state, even if no direct contact is involved;

     (c) A copy of your Part 2A Appendix 1 wrap fee brochure if you sponsor or participate in a wrap fee account;

     (d) A summary of material changes, which may be included in Form ADV Part 2 or given as a separate document; and

     (e) Such other information as the director may require.

     (2) Delivery.

     (a) ((An investment adviser,)) Initial delivery. Except as provided in (((b))) (c) of this subsection, you shall deliver the materials required by this section to an advisory client or prospective advisory client (i) not less than forty-eight hours prior to entering into any investment advisory contract with such client or prospective client, or (ii) at the time of entering into any such contract, if the advisory client has a right to terminate the contract without penalty within five business days after entering into the contract.

     (b) ((Delivery of the)) Annual delivery. Except as provided in (c) of this subsection, if there have been any material changes that have taken place since the last summary and brochure delivery to your clients, you must:

     (i) Deliver within one hundred twenty days of the end of your fiscal year a free, updated brochure and related brochure supplements which include or are accompanied by a summary of the material changes; or

     (ii) Deliver a summary of material changes that includes an offer to provide a copy of the updated brochure and supplements and information on how the client may obtain a copy of the brochure and supplements. You must mail or deliver any materials requested by the client pursuant to such an offer within seven days of the receipt of the request.

     (c) Exception for certain clients. You are not required to deliver the materials ((required by (a))) set forth in (1) of this ((subsection need not be made in connection with entering into a contract for impersonal advisory services.

     (3) Offer to deliver.

     (a) An investment adviser, except as provided in (b) of this subsection, annually shall, without charge, deliver or offer in writing to deliver upon written request to each of its advisory clients the materials required by this section.

     (b) The delivery or offer required by (a) of this subsection need not be made to advisory clients receiving advisory services solely pursuant to a contract for impersonal advisory services requiring a payment of less than $200.00.

     (c) With respect to an advisory client entering into a contract or receiving advisory services pursuant to a contract for impersonal advisory services which requires a payment of $200.00 or more, an offer of the type specified in (a) of this subsection shall also be made at the time of entering into an advisory contract.

     (d) Any materials requested in writing by an advisory client pursuant to an offer required by this subsection must be mailed or delivered within seven days of the receipt of the request.)) section to:

     (i) Clients receiving advisory services solely pursuant to a contract for impersonal advisory services requiring a payment of less than two hundred dollars;

     (ii) An investment company registered under the Investment Company Act of 1940; or

     (iii) A business development company as defined in the Investment Company Act of 1940 and whose advisory contract meets the requirements of section 15c of that act.

     (3) Electronic delivery. You may deliver the materials required by this section electronically if you:

     (a) In the case of an initial delivery to a potential client, obtain a verification that readable copies of the materials were received by the client;

     (b) In the case of deliveries other than initial deliveries, obtain each client's prior consent to provide the materials electronically;

     (c) Prepare the electronically delivered materials in the format prescribed in (a) of this subsection and the instructions to Form ADV Part 2;

     (d) Deliver the materials in a format that can be retained by the client in either electronic or paper form; and

     (e) Establish procedures to supervise personnel transmitting the materials and prevent violations of this rule.

     (4) Delivery to limited partners. If ((the investment adviser is)) you are the ((general partner of)) adviser to a limited partnership, ((the manager of)) a limited liability company, or ((the trustee of)) a trust, then((, for purposes of this section, the investment adviser)) you must treat each of the partnership's limited partners, the company's members, or the trust's beneficial owners, as a client. For purposes of this section, a limited liability partnership or limited liability limited partnership is a "limited partnership."

     (5) ((Wrap fee program brochures.

     (a) If the investment adviser is a sponsor of a wrap fee program, then the materials required to be delivered, by subsection (2) of this section, to a client or prospective client of the wrap fee program, must contain all information required by Form ADV. Any additional information must be limited to information applicable to wrap fee programs that the investment adviser sponsors.

     (b) The investment adviser does not have to offer or deliver wrap fee information if another sponsor of the wrap fee program offers or delivers to the client or prospective client of the wrap fee program warp fee program information containing all the information the investment adviser's wrap fee program brochure must contain.

     (6) Delivery of updates and amendments. When the disclosure materials required to be delivered pursuant to subsection (2) of this section become materially inaccurate, the investment adviser must amend and promptly deliver to its clients amendments to such disclosure materials. The instructions to Part 2 of Form ADV contain updating and delivery instructions that the investment adviser must follow. An amendment will be considered to be delivered promptly if the amendment is delivered within thirty days of the event that requires the filing of the amendment.

     (7))) Omission of inapplicable information. If ((an investment adviser)) you render((s)) substantially different types of investment advisory services to different advisory clients, ((the investment adviser)) you may provide them with different disclosure materials, provided that each client receives all applicable information about services and fees. The disclosure delivered to a client may omit any information required by Part ((II)) 2 of Form ADV if such information is applicable only to a type of investment advisory service or fee which is not rendered or charged, or proposed to be rendered or charged, to that client or prospective client.

     (((8))) (6) Other disclosure obligations. Nothing in this section shall relieve ((any investment adviser)) you from any obligation to disclose any information to ((its)) your advisory clients or prospective advisory clients not specifically required by this rule under chapter 21.20 RCW, the rules and regulations thereunder, or any other federal or state law.

     (((9))) (7) Definitions. For the purposes of this rule:

     (a) "Contract for impersonal advisory services" means any contract relating solely to the provision of investment advisory services:

     (i) By means of written material or oral statements which do not purport to meet the objectives or needs of specific individuals or accounts;

     (ii) Through the issuance of statistical information containing no expression of opinion as to the investment merits of a particular security; or

     (iii) Any combination of the foregoing services.

     (b) "Entering into," in reference to an investment advisory contract, does not include an extension or renewal without material change of any such contract which is in effect immediately prior to such extension or renewal.

     (((c) "Sponsor" of a wrap fee program means an investment adviser that is compensated under a wrap fee program for sponsoring, organizing, or administering the program, or for selecting, or providing advice to clients regarding the selection of other investment advisers in the program.

     (d) "Wrap fee program" means an advisory program under which a specified fee or fees, not based directly upon transactions in a client's account, is charged for investment advisory services (which may include portfolio management or advice concerning the selection of other investment advisers) and the execution of client transactions.))

[Statutory Authority: RCW 21.20.450 and 21.20.110 (1)(g). 02-19-093, § 460-24A-145, filed 9/17/02, effective 10/18/02. Statutory Authority: RCW 21.20.450, 21.20.050, 21.20.100. 01-16-125, § 460-24A-145, filed 7/31/01, effective 10/24/01. Statutory Authority: 1998 c 15 § 9. 99-03-052, § 460-24A-145, filed 1/15/99, effective 2/15/99.]


AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 00-01-001, filed 12/1/99, effective 1/1/00)

WAC 460-24A-150   Performance compensation arrangements.   (1) General. If you are an investment adviser you may, without violating RCW 21.20.030(1), enter into ((a performance compensation arrangement with a customer that complies with Securities and Exchange Commission Rule 205-3, as made effective in Release No. IA-996 and as amended in Release No. IA-1731, under the Investment Advisers Act of 1940. Rule 205-3 is found in the CCH Federal Securities Law Reports published by Commerce Clearing House. Copies of the rule are also available at the office of the securities administrator.)), extend, or renew an investment advisory contract which provides for compensation to you on the basis of a share of capital gains upon or capital appreciation of the funds, or any portion of the funds, of the client if:

     (a) You are an investment adviser who is not registered and is not required to be registered under RCW 21.20.040; or

     (b) The client is a "qualified client" as defined in subsection (2) of this section and the conditions of subsections (3) through (8) of this section are met.

     (2) Definitions. For the purposes of this section:

     (a) The term "qualified client" means:

     (i) A natural person who, or a company that, immediately after entering into the contract has at least one million dollars under the management of the investment adviser;

     (ii) A natural person who, or a company that, the investment adviser entering into the contract (and any person acting on his or her behalf) reasonably believes, immediately prior to entering into the contract, either:

     (A) Has a net worth (together, in the case of a natural person, with assets held jointly with a spouse) of more than two million dollars. For purposes of calculating a natural person's net worth:

     (I) The person's primary residence must not be included as an asset;

     (II) Indebtedness secured by the person's primary residence, up to the estimated fair market value of the primary residence at the time the investment advisory contract is entered into may not be included as a liability (except that if the amount of such indebtedness outstanding at the time of calculation exceeds the amount outstanding sixty days before such time, other than as a result of the acquisition of the primary residence, the amount of such excess must be included as a liability); and

     (III) Indebtedness that is secured by the person's primary residence in excess of the estimated fair market value of the residence must be included as a liability; or

     (B) Is a qualified purchaser as defined in section 2 (a)(51)(A) of the Investment Company Act of 1940 (15 U.S.C. 80a-2 (a)(51)(A)) at the time the contract is entered into; or

     (iii) A natural person who immediately prior to entering into the contract is:

     (A) An executive officer, director, trustee, general partner, or person serving in a similar capacity, of the investment adviser; or

     (B) An employee of the investment adviser (other than an employee performing solely clerical, secretarial, or administrative functions with regard to the investment adviser) who, in connection with his or her regular functions or duties, participates in the investment activities of such investment adviser, provided that such employee has been performing such functions and duties for or on behalf of the investment adviser, or substantially similar functions or duties for or on behalf of another company for at least twelve months.

     (b) The term "company" has the same meaning as in section 202 (a)(5) of the Investment Advisers Act of 1940 (15 U.S.C. 80b-2 (a)(5)), but does not include a company that is required to be registered under the Investment Company Act of 1940 but is not registered.

     (c) The term "private investment company" means a company that would be defined as an investment company under section 3(a) of the Investment Company Act of 1940 (15 U.S.C. 80a-3(a)) but for the exception provided from that definition by section 3 (c)(1) of such Act (15 U.S.C. 80a-3 (c)(1)).

     (d) The term "executive officer" means the president, any vice-president in charge of a principal business unit, division or function (such as sales, administration, or finance), any other officer who performs a policy-making function, or any other person who performs similar policy-making functions, for the investment adviser.

     (3) Compensation formula. The compensation paid to you with respect to the performance of any securities over a given period must be based on a formula with the following characteristics:

     (a) In the case of securities for which market quotations are readily available within the meaning of Rule 2a-(4)(a)(1) under the Investment Company Act of 1940 (Definition of "Current Net Asset Value" for Use in Computing Periodically the Current Price of Redeemable Security), 17 C.F.R. 270.2a-4 (a)(1), the formula must include the realized capital losses and unrealized capital depreciation of the securities over the period;

     (b) In the case of securities for which market quotations are not readily available within the meaning of Rule 2a-4 (a)(1) under the Investment Company Act of 1940, 17 C.F.R. 270.2a-4 (a)(1), the formula must include:

     (i) The realized capital losses of securities over the period;

     (ii) If the unrealized capital appreciation of the securities over the period is included, the unrealized capital depreciation of the securities over the period; and

     (c) The formula must provide that any compensation paid to you under this section is based on the gains less the losses (computed in accordance with (a) and (b) of this subsection) in the client's account for a period of not less than one year.

     (4) Client disclosure. To the extent not otherwise disclosed on Form ADV Part 2, you must disclose in writing to the client all material information concerning the proposed advisory arrangement, including the following:

     (a) That the fee arrangement may create an incentive for the investment adviser to make investments that are riskier or more speculative than would be the case in the absence of a performance fee;

     (b) Where relevant, that the investment adviser may receive increased compensation with regard to unrealized appreciation as well as realized gains in the client's account;

     (c) The period which will be used to measure investment performance throughout the contract and their significance in the computation of the fee;

     (d) The nature of any index which will be used as a comparative measure of investment performance, the significance of the index, and the reason the investment adviser believes that the index is appropriate; and

     (e) Where your compensation is based in part on the unrealized appreciation of securities for which market quotations are not readily available within the meaning of Rule 2a-4 (a)(1) under the Investment Company Act of 1940, 17 C.F.R. 270.2a-4 (a)(1), how the securities will be valued and the extent to which the valuation will be independently determined.

     (5) Equity owners. In the case of a private investment company, as defined in subsection (2)(c) of this rule, an investment company registered under the Investment Company Act of 1940, or a business development company, as defined in section 202 (a)(22) of the Investment Advisers Act of 1940, each equity owner of any such company (except for the investment adviser entering into the contract and any other equity owners not charged a fee on the basis of a share of capital gains or capital appreciation) will be considered a client for the purposes of subsection (1) of this rule.

     (6) Informed consent. You or any of your investment adviser representatives that enter into a contract under this rule, must reasonably believe, immediately before entering into the contract that the contract represents an arm's length arrangement between the parties and that the client, alone or together with the client's independent agent, understands the proposed method of compensation and its risks.

     (7) Nonexclusive. Any person entering into or performing an investment advisory contract under this section is not relieved of any obligations under RCW 21.20.020 or any other applicable provision of the Securities Act of Washington, chapter 21.20 RCW, or any rule or order thereunder.

     (8) Obligations of independent representative. Nothing in this section shall relieve a client's independent representative from any obligation to the client under applicable law.

     (9) Transition rules.

     (a) Registered investment advisers. If you are a registered investment adviser that entered into a contract and satisfied the conditions of this section that were in effect when the contract was entered into, you will be considered to satisfy the conditions of this section. If a natural person or company who was not a party to the contract becomes a party (including an equity owner of a private investment company advised by the adviser), however, the conditions of this section in effect at that time will apply with regard to that person or company.

     (b) Registered investment advisers that were previously not registered. This section shall not apply to an advisory contract entered into when you were not required to register and were not registered. If a natural person or a company who was not a party to the contract becomes a party (including an equity owner of a private investment company advised by the adviser) when you are registered or required to register, however, the conditions of this section in effect at that time will apply with regard to that person or company.

     (c) Certain transfers of interest. Solely for purposes of (a) and (b) of this subsection, a transfer of an equity ownership interest in a private investment company by gift or bequest, or pursuant to an agreement related to a legal separation or divorce, will not cause the transferee to "become a party" to the contract and will not cause this section to apply to such transferee.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 21.20.450. 00-01-001, § 460-24A-150, filed 12/1/99, effective 1/1/00. Statutory Authority: RCW 21.20.450 and 1993 c 114. 93-20-012, § 460-24A-150, filed 9/23/93, effective 10/24/93.]


AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending Order 304, filed 2/28/75, effective 4/1/75)

WAC 460-24A-160   Restrictions on advertising refunds.   ((Advisory services should not)) If you are in an investment adviser or investment adviser representative, it is unlawful under RCW 21.20.020 to advertise or represent to subscribers or customers for advisory services that subscriptions, fees or other payments will be refunded if they are not satisfied unless:

     (1) Such undertaking to refund is clear and unequivocal and is concerned not with the merit or success of the service, but with the customer's satisfaction therewith; and

     (2) ((the investment adviser's)) Your financial ((responsibility)) situation is adequate to ((insure its)) ensure your ability to meet all such refund demands.

[Order 304, § 460-24A-160, filed 2/28/75, effective 4/1/75. Formerly chapter 460-24 WAC.]


AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 08-18-033, filed 8/27/08, effective 9/27/08)

WAC 460-24A-170   Minimum financial requirements for investment advisers.   (1) If you are an investment adviser registered or required to be registered under RCW 21.20.040, who has custody of client funds or securities, you shall maintain at all times a minimum net worth of $35,000 unless provided otherwise in this chapter. If you are an investment adviser registered or required to be registered under RCW 21.20.040, who has discretionary authority over client funds or securities, but does not have custody of client funds or securities, you shall maintain at all times a minimum net worth of $10,000.

     (2) If you are an investment adviser registered or required to be registered under RCW 21.20.040 who has custody or ((discretion of)) discretionary authority over client funds or securities, but does not meet the minimum net worth requirements in subsection (1) of this section you shall ((be bonded)) maintain a bond in the amount of the net worth deficiency rounded up to the nearest $5,000. Any bond required by this section shall be in the form determined by the director, issued by a company qualified to do business in this state, and shall be subject to the claims of all clients of the investment adviser regardless of the ((client's)) clients' states of residence.

     (3) If you are an investment adviser registered or required to be registered under RCW 21.20.040, ((who accepts prepayment of more than $500 per client and six or more months in advance,)) you shall maintain at all times a positive net worth.

     (4) Unless otherwise exempted, as a condition of the right to transact business in this state, ((every)) if you are an investment adviser registered or required to be registered under RCW 21.20.040 you shall, by the close of business on the next business day, notify the director if ((the investment adviser's)) your net worth is less than the minimum required. After transmitting such notice, ((each investment adviser)) you shall file, by the close of business on the next business day, a report with the director of its financial condition, including the following:

     (a) A trial balance of all ledger accounts;

     (b) A statement of all client funds or securities which are not segregated;

     (c) A computation of the aggregate amount of client ledger debit balances; and

     (d) A statement as to the number of client accounts.

     (5) For purposes of this section, the term "net worth" shall mean an excess of assets over liabilities, as determined by generally accepted accounting principles, but shall not include as assets: Prepaid expenses (except as to items properly classified as assets under generally accepted accounting principles), deferred charges, goodwill, franchise rights, organizational expenses, patents, copyrights, marketing rights, unamortized debt discount and expense, all other assets of intangible nature; primary residence, home furnishings, automobile(s), and any other personal items not readily marketable in the case of an individual; advances or loans to stockholders and officers in the case of a corporation; and advances or loans to partners in the case of a partnership.

     (6) For purposes of this section, if you are an investment adviser you shall not be deemed to be exercising discretion when you place trade orders with a broker-dealer pursuant to a third-party trading agreement if:

     (a) You have executed an investment adviser contract exclusively with your client which acknowledges that a third-party trading agreement will be executed to allow you to effect securities transactions for your client in your client's broker-dealer account;

     (b) Your contract specifically states that your client does not grant discretionary authority to you and you in fact do not exercise discretion with respect to the account; and

     (c) A third-party trading agreement is executed between your client and a broker-dealer which specifically limits your authority in your client's broker-dealer account to the placement of trade orders and deduction of investment adviser fees.

     (7) The director may require that a current appraisal be submitted in order to establish the worth of any asset.

     (((7) Every)) (8) If you are an investment adviser that has its principal place of business in a state other than this state, you shall maintain only such minimum net worth as required by the state in which ((the investment adviser)) you maintain((s its)) your principal place of business, provided ((the investment adviser is)) you are licensed in that state and ((is)) are in compliance with that state's minimum capital requirements.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 21.20.450, 21.20.900, 21.20.100, 21.20.050 - [21.20].060. 08-18-033, § 460-24A-170, filed 8/27/08, effective 9/27/08. Statutory Authority: RCW 21.20.450, 21.20.050, 21.20.100. 01-16-125, § 460-24A-170, filed 7/31/01, effective 10/24/01. Statutory Authority: RCW 21.20.450. 97-16-050, § 460-24A-170, filed 7/31/97, effective 8/31/97; Order 304, § 460-24A-170, filed 2/28/75, effective 4/1/75. Formerly chapter 460-24 WAC.]


AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 01-16-125, filed 7/31/01, effective 10/24/01)

WAC 460-24A-200   Books and records to be maintained by investment advisers.   (1) ((Every)) If you are an investment adviser registered or required to be registered pursuant to RCW 21.20.040, you shall make and keep true, accurate, and current the following books, ledgers, and records:

     (a) A journal or journals, including cash receipts and disbursements records, and any other records of original entry forming the basis of entries in any ledger.

     (b) General and auxiliary ledgers (or other comparable records) reflecting asset, liability, reserve, capital, income and expense accounts.

     (c) A memorandum of each order given by ((the investment adviser)) you for the purchase or sale of any security, of any instruction received by ((the investment adviser)) you from a client concerning the purchase, sale, receipt or delivery of a particular security, and of any modification or cancellation of any such order or instruction. The memoranda shall show the terms and conditions of the order, instruction, modification or cancellation; shall identify the person connected with ((the investment adviser)) you who recommended the transaction to the client and the person who placed the order; and shall show the account for which entered, the date of entry, and the bank or broker-dealer by or through whom executed where appropriate. Orders entered pursuant to the exercise of a power of attorney shall be so designated.

     (d) All check books, bank statements, canceled checks and cash reconciliations of the investment adviser.

     (e) All bills or statements (or copies thereof), paid or unpaid, relating to ((the)) your business ((of the investment adviser)).

     (f) All trial balances, financial statements, and internal audit working papers relating to ((the investment adviser's)) your business as an investment adviser. For purposes of this subsection, "financial statements" shall mean a balance sheet prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles, ((and)) an income statement, a cash flow statement, and a net worth computation, if applicable, as required by WAC 460-24A-170.

     (g) Originals of all written communications received and copies of all written communications sent by ((the investment adviser)) you relating to your investment advisory business including, but not limited to:

     (i) Any recommendation made or proposed to be made and any advice given or proposed to be given((,));

     (ii) Any receipt, disbursement or delivery of funds or securities((, or)); and

     (iii) The placing or execution of any order to purchase or sell any security: Provided, however, That ((the investment adviser)) you shall not be required to keep any unsolicited market letters and other similar communications of general public distribution not prepared by or for ((the investment adviser)) you: And provided, That if ((the investment adviser)) you send((s)) any notice, circular or other advertisement offering any report, analysis, publication or other investment advisory service to more than ten persons, ((the investment adviser)) you shall not be required to keep a record of the names and addresses of the persons to whom it was sent, except that if such notice, circular or advertisement is distributed to persons named on any list, ((the investment adviser)) you shall retain with the copy of such notice, circular or advertisement a memorandum describing the list and the source thereof.

     (h) A list or other record of all accounts in which ((the investment adviser is)) you are vested with any discretionary ((power with respect to)) authority over the funds, securities or transactions of any client.

     (i) A copy of all powers of attorney and other evidences of the granting of any discretionary authority by any client to ((the investment adviser)) you.

     (j) A written copy of each signed agreement entered into by ((the investment adviser)) you with any client and all other written agreements otherwise relating to ((the investment adviser's)) your business as an investment adviser.

     (k) A file containing a copy of each notice, circular, advertisement, newspaper article, investment letter, bulletin or other communication, including by electronic media, and all amendments thereto, that ((the investment advisers)) you circulate((s)) or distribute((s)), directly or indirectly, to two or more persons (other than persons connected with ((the investment adviser)) you), and if such communication recommends the purchase or sale of a specific security and does not state the reasons for the recommendation, a memorandum ((of the investment adviser)) by you indicating the reasons for the recommendation.

     (l)(i) A record of every transaction in a security in which ((the investment adviser)) you or any ((advisory representative (as hereinafter defined) of the investment adviser)) of your advisory representatives has, or by reason of such transaction acquires, any direct or indirect beneficial ownership, except:

     (A) Transactions effected in any account over which neither ((the investment adviser)) you nor any of your advisory representatives ((of the investment adviser)) has any direct or indirect influence or control; and

     (B) Transactions in securities which are direct obligations of the United States.

     The record shall state the title and amount of the security involved; the date and nature of the transaction (i.e., purchase, sale or other acquisition or disposition); the price at which it was effected; and the name of the broker-dealer or bank with or through whom the transaction was effected. The record may also contain a statement declaring that the reporting or recording of any such transaction shall not be construed as an admission that ((the investment adviser)) you or your advisory representative has any direct or indirect beneficial ownership in the security. ((A)) You shall record each transaction ((shall be recorded)) not later than ten days after the end of the calendar quarter in which the transaction was effected.

     (ii) For the purposes of this subsection (1)(l), the following definitions will apply:

     (A) "Advisory representative" shall mean any of your partners, officers or directors ((of the investment adviser)); any employee who participates in any way in the determination of which recommendations shall be made, or whose functions or duties relate to the determination of which recommendation shall be made; any employee who, in connection with his or her duties, obtains any information concerning which securities are being recommended prior to the effective dissemination of the recommendations; and any of the following persons who obtain information concerning securities recommendations being made by ((the investment adviser)) you prior to the effective dissemination of the recommendations:

     (I) Any person in a control relationship to ((the investment adviser)) you;

     (II) Any affiliated person of a controlling person; and

     (III) Any affiliated person of an affiliated person.

     (B) "Control" shall mean the power to exercise a controlling influence over the management or policies of a company, unless such power is solely the result of an official position with such company. Any person who owns beneficially, either directly or through one or more controlled companies, more than twenty-five percent of the voting securities of a company shall be presumed to control such company.

     (iii) ((An investment adviser)) You shall not be deemed to have violated the provisions of this subsection (1) because of the failure to record securities transactions of any advisory representative if ((the investment adviser establishes)) you establish that ((it)) you instituted adequate procedures, and used reasonable diligence to obtain promptly, reports of all transactions required to be recorded.

     (m)(i) Notwithstanding the provisions of (l) of this subsection, ((where the investment adviser is)) if you are primarily engaged in a business or businesses other than advising investment advisory clients, you must maintain a record ((must be maintained)) of every transaction in a security in which ((the investment adviser)) you or any of your advisory representatives (as hereinafter defined) ((of the investment adviser)) has, or by reason of any transaction acquires, any direct or indirect beneficial ownership, except:

     (A) Transactions effected in any account over which neither ((the investment adviser)) you nor any of your advisory representatives ((of the investment adviser)) has any direct or indirect influence or control; and

     (B) Transactions in securities which are direct obligations of the United States.

     The record shall state the title and amount of the security involved; the date and nature of the transaction (i.e., purchase, sale, or other acquisition or disposition); the price at which it was effected; and the name of the broker-dealer or bank with or through whom the transaction was effected. The record may also contain a statement declaring that the reporting or recording of any transaction shall not be construed as an admission that ((the investment adviser)) you or any of your advisory representatives has any direct or indirect beneficial ownership in the security. You shall record a transaction ((shall be recorded)) not later than ten days after the end of the calendar quarter in which the transaction was effected.

     (ii) ((An investment adviser is)) You are "primarily engaged in a business or businesses other than advising investment advisory clients" ((when)) if, for each of ((its)) your most recent three fiscal years or for the period of time since organization, whichever is lesser, ((the investment adviser)) you derived, on an unconsolidated basis, more than fifty percent of:

     (A) ((Its)) Your total sales and revenues; and

     (B) ((Its)) Your income (or loss) before income taxes and extraordinary items,

from such other business or businesses.

     (iii) For purposes of this subsection (1)(m) of this section the following definitions will apply:

     (A) "Advisory representative," when used in connection with a company primarily engaged in a business or businesses other than advising investment advisory clients, shall mean any partner, officer, director, or employee of the investment adviser who participates in any way in the determination of which recommendation shall be made, or whose functions or duties relate to the determination of which securities are being recommended prior to the effective dissemination of the recommendations; and any of the following persons who obtain information concerning securities recommendations being made by the investment adviser prior to the effective dissemination of the recommendations or of the information concerning the recommendations:

     (I) Any person in a control relationship to the investment adviser;

     (II) Any affiliated person of a controlling person; and

     (III) Any affiliated person of an affiliated person.

     (B) "Control" shall mean the power to exercise a controlling influence over the management or policies of a company, unless such power is solely the result of an official position with such company. Any person who owns beneficially, either directly or through one or more controlled companies, more than twenty-five percent of the voting securities of a company shall be presumed to control such company.

     (iv) ((An investment adviser)) You shall not be deemed to have violated the provisions of this subsection (1)(m) because of ((the)) your failure to record securities transactions of any advisory representative if ((the investment adviser establishes)) you establish that ((it)) you instituted adequate procedures, and used reasonable diligence to obtain promptly, reports of all transactions required to be recorded.

     (n) The following items related to WAC 460-24A-145 and Part ((II)) 2 of Form ADV:

     (i) A copy of each written statement, and each amendment or revision, given or sent to any of your clients or prospective clients ((of the investment adviser)) as required by WAC 460-24A-145;

     (ii) Any summary of material changes that is required by Part ((II)) 2 of Form ADV that is not included in the written statement; and

     (iii) A record of the dates that each written statement, each amendment or revision thereto, and each summary of material changes was given or offered to any client or prospective client who subsequently becomes a client.

     (o) For each client that ((was)) you obtained ((by the adviser)) by means of a solicitor to whom you paid a cash fee ((was paid by the adviser)):

     (i) Evidence of a written agreement to which ((the adviser is)) you are a party related to the payment of such fee;

     (ii) A signed and dated acknowledgment of receipt from the client evidencing the client's receipt of ((the investment adviser's)) your disclosure statement and a written disclosure statement of the solicitor; and

     (iii) A copy of the solicitor's written disclosure statement. The written agreement, acknowledgment, and solicitor disclosure statement will be considered to be in compliance if such documents are in compliance with Rule 275.206(4)-3 of the Investment Advisers Act of 1940.

     For purposes of this subsection, the term "solicitor" shall mean any person or entity who, for compensation, acts as an agent of an investment adviser in referring potential clients.

     (p) All accounts, books, internal working papers, and any other records or documents that are necessary to form the basis for or demonstrate the calculation of the performance or rate of return of all managed accounts or securities recommendations in any notice, circular, advertisement, newspaper article, investment letter, bulletin, or other communication including, but not limited to, electronic media that ((the investment adviser)) you circulate((s)) or distribute((s)), directly or indirectly, to two or more persons (other than persons connected with ((the investment adviser)) you); provided however, that, with respect to the performance of managed accounts, the retention of all account statements, if they reflect all debits, credits, and other transactions in a client's account for the period of the statement, and all worksheets necessary to demonstrate the calculation of the performance or rate of return of all managed accounts shall be deemed to satisfy the requirements of this subsection.

     (q) A file containing a copy of all written communications received or sent regarding any litigation involving ((the investment adviser)) you or any investment adviser representative or employee, and regarding any written customer or client complaint.

     (r) Written information about each investment advisory client that is the basis for making any recommendation or providing any investment advice to such client.

     (s) Written information about each security that you recommended a client buy or sell that is the basis for making any recommendation or providing any investment advice to such client.

     (t) Written procedures to supervise the activities of employees and investment adviser representatives that are reasonably designed to achieve compliance with applicable securities laws and regulations.

     (((t))) (u) A file containing a copy of each document (other than any notices of general dissemination) that was filed with or received from any state or federal agency or self regulatory organization and that pertains to ((the registrant)) you or ((its)) your advisory representatives as that term is defined in (m)(iii)(A) of this subsection, which file should contain, but is not limited to, all applications, amendments, renewal filings, and correspondence.

     (((u))) (v) If you inadvertently held or obtained a client's securities or funds and returned them to the client within three business days or forwarded third-party checks within three business days, you shall keep the following records relating to the inadvertent custody:

     (i) Issuer;

     (ii) Type of security and series;

     (iii) Date of issue;

     (iv) For debt instruments, the denomination, interest rate and maturity date;

     (v) Certificate number, including alphabetical prefix or suffix;

     (vi) Name in which registered;

     (vii) Date given to the adviser;

     (viii) Date sent to client or sender;

     (ix) Form of delivery to client or sender, or copy of the form of delivery to client or sender; and

     (x) Mail confirmation number, if applicable, or confirmation by client or sender of the fund's or security's return.

     (w) Copies, with original signatures of ((the investment adviser's)) your appropriate signatory and the investment adviser representative, of each initial Form ((U-4)) U4 and each amendment to Disclosure Reporting Pages (DRPs ((U-4))) must be retained by ((the investment adviser)) you (filing on behalf of the investment adviser representative) and must be made available for inspection upon regulatory request.

     (((2))) (x) If you obtain possession of securities that are acquired from the issuer in a transaction or chain of transactions not involving any public offering that comply with the exception from custody under WAC 460-24A-109(1), you shall keep the following records:

     (i) A record showing the issuer or current transfer agent's name, address, phone number, and other applicable contact information pertaining to the party responsible for recording client interests in the securities; and

     (ii) A copy of any legend, shareholder agreement or other agreement showing that those securities are transferable only with prior consent of the issuer or holders of the outstanding securities of the issuer.

     (y) A copy of a current written business continuity plan which identifies procedures to be followed in the event of an emergency or significant business disruption and which is reasonably designed to enable you to meet your fiduciary obligations to your clients.

     (2)(a) If ((an investment adviser)) you are subject to subsection (1) of this section ((has)) and have custody or possession of securities or funds of any client, the records required to be made and kept under subsection (1) of this section shall include:

     (((a))) (i) A copy of any and all documents executed by the client (including a limited power of attorney) under which the adviser is authorized or permitted to withdraw a client's funds or securities maintained with a custodian upon the adviser's instruction to the custodian.

     (ii) A journal or other record showing all purchases, sales, receipts and deliveries of securities (including certificate numbers) for all accounts and all other debits and credits to the accounts.

     (((b))) (iii) A separate ledger account for each such client showing all purchases, sales, receipts and deliveries of securities, the date and price of each purchase or sale, and all debits and credits.

     (((c))) (iv) Copies of confirmations of all transactions effected by or for the account of any client.

     (((d))) (v) A record for each security in which any client has a position, which record shall show the name of each client having any interest in each security, the amount of interest of each client, and the location of each security.

     (((3) Every investment adviser)) (vi) A copy of each of the client's quarterly account statements, as generated and delivered by the qualified custodian. If you also generate a statement that is delivered to the client, you shall also maintain copies of such statements along with the date such statements were sent to the clients.

     (vii) If applicable to your situation, a copy of the special examination report verifying the completion of the examination by an independent certified public accountant and describing the nature and extent of the examination.

     (viii) A record of any finding by the independent certified public accountant of any material discrepancies found during the examination.

     (ix) If applicable, evidence of the client's designation of an independent representative.

     (b) If you have custody because you advise a pooled investment vehicle, as defined in WAC 460-24A-005 (1)(a)(iii), you shall also keep the following records:

     (i) True, accurate and current account statements;

     (ii) Where you comply with WAC 460-24A-107 (1)(b) the records required to be made and kept shall include:

     (A) The date of the audit;

     (B) A copy of the audited financial statements; and

     (C) Evidence of the mailing of the audited financial statements to all limited partners, members or other beneficial owners within one hundred twenty days of the end of its fiscal year.

     (iii) Where you comply with WAC 460-24A-107 (1)(a) the records required to be made and kept shall include:

     (A) A copy of the written agreement with the independent party reviewing all fees and expenses, indicating the responsibilities of the independent party; and

     (B) Copies of all invoices and receipts showing the approval by the independent party for payment through the qualified custodian.

     (c) If you have custody because you are acting as the trustee for a beneficial trust as it is described in WAC 460-24A-109(3), you shall also keep the following records until the account is closed or the adviser is no longer acting as trustee:

     (i) A copy of the written statement given to each beneficial owner setting forth a description of the requirements of WAC 460-24A-105 and the reason why you will not be complying with those requirements; and

     (ii) A written acknowledgment signed and dated by each beneficial owner, and evidencing receipt of the statement required under WAC 460-24A-109 (3)(b).

     (3) If you are subject to subsection (1) of this section ((who)) and you render((s)) any investment supervisory or management service to any client, you shall, with respect to the portfolio being supervised or managed and to the extent that the information is reasonably available to or obtainable by ((the investment adviser)) you, make and keep true, accurate and current:

     (a) Records showing separately for each client the securities purchased and sold, and the date, amount and price of each purchase or sale.

     (b) For each security in which any client has a current position, information from which ((the investment adviser)) you can promptly furnish the name of each client, and the current amount ((of)) or the interest of the client.

     (4) Any books or records required by this section may be maintained by ((the investment adviser)) you in such manner that the identity of any client to whom ((such investment adviser)) you render((s)) investment supervisory services is indicated by numerical or alphabetical code or some similar designation.

     (5) ((Every investment adviser)) If you are subject to subsection (1) of this section, you shall preserve the following records in the manner prescribed:

     (a) All books and records required to be made under the provisions of subsections (1) to (3)(((a))), inclusive, of this section except for books and records required to be made pursuant to subsection (1)(k) and (p) of this section shall be maintained and preserved in an easily accessible place for a period of not less than five years from the end of the fiscal year during which the last entry was made on the record, the first two years in ((the)) your principal office ((of the investment adviser)).

     (b) Your partnership articles and any amendments, articles of incorporation, charter documents, minute books and stock certificate books of ((the investment adviser)) you and ((of)) any of your predecessors, shall be maintained in ((the)) your principal office ((of the investment adviser)) and preserved until at least three years after termination of the enterprise.

     (c) Books and records required to be made pursuant to subsection (1)(k) and (p) of this section shall be maintained and preserved in an easily accessible place for a period of not less than five years, the first two years in ((the)) your principal office ((of the investment adviser)), from the end of the fiscal year during which ((the investment adviser)) you last published or otherwise disseminated, directly or indirectly, including by electronic media, the notice, circular, advertisement, newspaper article, investment letter, bulletin, or other communication.

     (d) Notwithstanding other record preservation requirements of this section, you shall maintain the following records or copies ((shall be maintained)) at ((the)) your business location ((of the investment adviser)) from which the customer or client is being provided or has been provided with investment advisory services:

     (i) Records required to be preserved under subsections (1)(c), (g) through (j), (n), (o), and (q) through (s), (2), and (3) of this section shall be maintained for the period prescribed in (a) of this subsection; and

     (ii) Records or copies required pursuant to subsection (1)(k) and (p) of this section which records or related records identify the name of the investment adviser representative providing investment advice from that business location, or which identify the business locations' physical address, mailing address, electronic mailing address, or telephone number shall be maintained for the period prescribed in (c) of this subsection.

     (6) If you are an investment adviser subject to subsection (1) of this section, you shall, before ceasing to conduct or discontinuing business as an investment adviser, ((shall)) arrange for and be responsible for the preservation of the books and records required to be maintained and preserved under this section for the remainder of the period specified in this section, and shall notify the director in writing of the exact address where the books and records will be maintained during the period.

     (7)(a) ((The records required to be maintained and preserved pursuant to this section may be immediately produced or reproduced by photograph on film or, as provided in (b) of this subsection, on magnetic disk, tape, or other computer storage medium, and be maintained and preserved for the required time in that form. If records are produced or reproduced by photographic film or computer storage medium, the investment adviser shall:

     (i) Arrange the records and index the films or computer storage medium so as to permit the immediate location of any particular record;

     (ii) Be ready at all times to promptly provide any facsimile enlargement of film or computer printout or copy of the computer storage medium that the director, by its examiners or other representatives, may request;

     (iii) Store, separately from the original, one copy of the film or computer storage medium for the time required;

     (iv) With respect to records stored on computer storage medium, maintain procedures for maintenance and preservation of, and access to, records so as to reasonably safeguard records from loss, alteration, or destruction; and

     (v) With respect to records stored on photographic film, at all times have available for the director's examination of its records pursuant to RCW 21.20.100, facilities for immediate, easily readable projection of the film and for producing easily readable facsimile enlargements.

     (b) Pursuant to (a) of this subsection, an investment adviser may maintain and preserve on computer tape, disk, or other computer storage medium records which, in the ordinary course of the adviser's business, are created by the adviser on electronic media or received by the adviser solely on electronic media or by electronic data transmission.)) The records required to be maintained and preserved may be immediately produced or reproduced, and maintained and preserved for the required time, by an investment adviser on:

     (i) Paper or hard copy form, as those records are kept in their original form;

     (ii) Micrographic media, including microfilm, microfiche, or any similar medium; or

     (iii) Electronic storage media, including any digital storage medium or system that meets the terms of this section.

     (b) The investment adviser must:

     (i) Arrange and index the records in a way that permits easy location, access, and retrieval of any particular record;

     (ii) Provide promptly any of the following that the director may request:

     (A) A legible, true, and complete copy of the record in the medium and format in which it is stored;

     (B) A legible, true, and complete printout of the record; and

     (C) Means to access, view, and print the records; and

     (iii) Separately store, for the time required for preservation of the original record, a duplicate copy of the record on any medium allowed by this section.

     (c) In the case of records created or maintained on electronic storage media, the investment adviser must establish and maintain procedures:

     (i) To maintain and preserve the records, so as to reasonably safeguard them from loss, alteration, or destruction;

     (ii) To limit access to the records to properly authorized personnel and the director; and

     (iii) To reasonably ensure that any reproduction of a nonelectronic original record on electronic storage media is complete, true, and legible when retrieved.

     (8) As used in this section, "investment supervisory services" means the giving of continuous advice as to the investment of funds on the basis of the individual needs of each client; and "discretionary authority" shall not include discretion as to the price at which, or the time when, a transaction is or is to be effected, if, before the order is given by the investment adviser, the client has directed or approved the purchase or sale of a definite amount of the particular security.

     (9) Any book or other record made, kept, maintained, and preserved in compliance with Rules 17a-3 and 17a-4 under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, which is substantially the same as the book or other record required to be made, kept, maintained, and preserved under this section, shall be deemed to be made, kept, maintained, and preserved in compliance with this section.

     (10) ((Every)) If you are an investment adviser registered or required to be registered in this state and ((that has its)) have your principal place of business in a state other than this state ((shall be)), you are exempt from the requirements of this section, provided ((the investment adviser is)) you are licensed in the state where ((it has its)) you have your principal place of business and ((is)) are in compliance with that state's recordkeeping requirements.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 21.20.450, 21.20.050, 21.20.100. 01-16-125, § 460-24A-200, filed 7/31/01, effective 10/24/01; Order 304, § 460-24A-200, filed 2/28/75, effective 4/1/75. Formerly chapter 460-24 WAC.]


AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 01-16-125, filed 7/31/01, effective 10/24/01)

WAC 460-24A-205   Notice of changes by investment advisers and investment adviser representatives.   (1) ((Each licensed investment adviser must)) If you are an investment adviser registered or required to be registered pursuant to RCW 21.20.040, you must:

     (a) Promptly file with IARD, in accordance with the instructions to Form ADV, any amendments to ((its)) your Form ADV. An amendment will be considered promptly filed if it is filed within thirty days of the event that requires the filing of the amendment; ((and))

     (b) File an ((updated)) annual updating amendment to the Form ADV with IARD within ninety days ((of)) after the end of ((the investment adviser's)) your fiscal year; and

     (c) File thirty days prior to use any amendments to your advisory contracts or offering materials for any pooled investment vehicles that you advise.

     (2) ((Each)) If you are an investment adviser representative ((has)) registered or required to be registered pursuant to RCW 21.20.040, you have a continuing obligation to update the information required by Form ((U-4)) U4 as changes occur and you must promptly file with IARD any amendments to ((the representative's)) your Form ((U-4)) U4. An amendment will be considered promptly filed if it is filed within thirty days of the event that requires the filing of the amendment.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 21.20.450, 21.20.050, 21.20.100. 01-16-125, § 460-24A-205, filed 7/31/01, effective 10/24/01. Statutory Authority: RCW 21.20.450 and 21.20.040(2). 90-13-029, § 460-24A-205, filed 6/12/90, effective 7/13/90. Statutory Authority: RCW 21.20.450. 85-23-063 (Order SDO-220-85), § 460-24A-205, filed 11/19/85; 85-16-068 (Order SDO-128-85), § 460-24A-205, filed 8/1/85; Order 304, § 460-24A-205, filed 2/28/75, effective 4/1/75. Formerly chapter 460-24 WAC.]


AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 01-16-125, filed 7/31/01, effective 10/24/01)

WAC 460-24A-210   Notice of complaint must be filed with director.   ((Each licensed)) If you are an investment adviser registered or required to be registered pursuant to RCW 21.20.040 who has filed a complaint against any of ((its)) your partners, officers, directors, agents licensed in Washington or associated persons with any law enforcement agency, any other regulatory agency having jurisdiction over the securities industry, or with any bonding company regarding any loss arising from alleged acts of such person, you shall send a copy of such complaint to the director, within ten days following its filing with such other agency or bonding company.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 21.20.450, 21.20.050, 21.20.100. 01-16-125, § 460-24A-210, filed 7/31/01, effective 10/24/01; Order 304, § 460-24A-210, filed 2/28/75, effective 4/1/75. Formerly chapter 460-24 WAC.]


AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 08-14-006, filed 6/19/08, effective 7/20/08)

WAC 460-24A-220   Unethical business practices -- Investment advisers and federal covered advisers.   ((A person who is)) If you are an investment adviser, investment adviser representative, or a federal covered adviser ((is)), you are a fiduciary and ((has)) have a duty to act primarily for the benefit of ((its)) your clients. If you are a federal covered adviser, the provisions of this subsection apply ((to federal covered advisers)) to the extent that the conduct alleged is fraudulent, deceptive, or as otherwise permitted by the National Securities Markets Improvement Act of 1996 (Pub. L. No. 104-290). While the extent and nature of this duty varies according to the nature of the relationship with the client and the circumstances of each case, in accordance with RCW 21.20.020 (1)(c) and 21.20.110 (1)(g) ((an investment adviser or a federal covered adviser)) you shall not engage in dishonest or unethical business practices((,)) including, but not limited to, the following:

     (1) Recommending to a client to whom investment supervisory, management or consulting services are provided the purchase, sale or exchange of any security without reasonable grounds to believe that the recommendation is suitable for the client on the basis of information furnished by the client after reasonable inquiry concerning the client's investment objectives, financial situation and needs, and any other information known by the investment adviser, investment adviser representative, or federal covered investment adviser.

     (2) Exercising any ((discretionary power)) discretion in placing an order for the purchase or sale of securities for a client without obtaining written discretionary authority from the client within ten business days after the date of the first transaction placed pursuant to oral discretionary authority, unless the ((discretionary power)) discretion relates solely to the price at which, or the time when, an order involving a definite amount of a specified security shall be executed, or both.

     (3) Inducing trading in a client's account that is excessive in size or frequency in view of the financial resources, investment objectives and character of the account in light of the fact that an investment adviser, investment adviser representative, or federal covered adviser in such situations can directly benefit from the number of securities transactions effected in a client's account. The rule appropriately forbids an excessive number of transaction orders to be induced by an adviser for a "customer's account."

     (4) Placing an order to purchase or sell a security for the account of a client without authority to do so.

     (5) Placing an order to purchase or sell a security for the account of a client upon instruction of a third party without first having obtained a written third-party trading authorization from the client.

     (6) Borrowing money or securities from a client unless the client is a broker-dealer, ((an)) your affiliate ((of the investment adviser)), or a financial institution engaged in the business of loaning funds.

     (7) Loaning money or securities to a client unless ((the investment adviser is)) you are a financial institution engaged in the business of loaning funds or the client is ((an)) your affiliate ((of the investment adviser)).

     (8) ((To misrepresent)) Misrepresenting to any advisory client, or prospective advisory client, the qualifications of the investment adviser, investment adviser representative, federal covered adviser, or any employee((s of the investment adviser)), or person affiliated with the investment adviser, or ((to misrepresent)) misrepresenting the nature of the advisory services being offered or fees to be charged for such service, or to omit to state a material fact necessary to make the statements made regarding qualifications, services or fees, in light of the circumstances under which they are made, not misleading.

     (9) Providing a report or recommendation to any advisory client prepared by someone other than ((the adviser)) you without disclosing that fact. (This prohibition does not apply to a situation where ((the adviser)) you use((s)) published research reports or statistical analyses to render advice or where ((an adviser)) you order((s)) such a report in the normal course of providing service.)

     (10) Charging a client an unreasonable advisory fee.

     (11) Failing to disclose to clients in writing before any advice is rendered any material conflict of interest relating to the investment adviser, investment adviser representative, federal covered adviser, or any ((of its)) employees or affiliated persons thereof which could reasonably be expected to impair the rendering of unbiased and objective advice including:

     (a) Compensation arrangements connected with advisory services to clients which are in addition to compensation from such clients for such services; and

     (b) Charging a client an advisory fee for rendering advice when ((a commission)) compensation for ((executing)) effecting securities transactions pursuant to such advice will be received by the investment adviser, investment adviser representative, federal covered investment adviser, or ((its)) employees or affiliated persons thereof.

     (12) Guaranteeing a client that a specific result will be achieved (gain or no loss) with advice which will be rendered.

     (13) Publishing, circulating or distributing any advertisement which does not comply with Rule 206(4)-1 under the Investment Advisers Act of 1940.

     (14) Disclosing the identity, ((affairs, or)) investments, or other financial information of any client or former client unless required by law to do so, or unless consented to by the client.

     (15) Taking any action, directly or indirectly, with respect to those securities or funds in which any client has any beneficial interest, where ((the investment adviser has)) you have custody or possession of such securities or funds when the ((adviser's)) action of the investment adviser, federal covered adviser, or investment adviser representative or employee is subject to and does not comply with ((the)) applicable custody requirements ((of Reg. 206(4)-2 under the Investment Advisers Act of 1940)).

     (16) Entering into, extending or renewing any investment advisory contract ((unless such contract is in writing and discloses, in substance, the services to be provided, the term of the contract, the advisory fee, the formula for computing the fee, the amount of prepaid fee to be returned in the event of contract termination or nonperformance, whether the contract grants discretionary power to the adviser and that no assignment of such contract shall be made by the investment adviser without the consent of the other party to the contract)) that does not comply with the requirements set forth in WAC 460-24A-130.

     (17) Failing to establish, maintain, and enforce written policies and procedures reasonably designed to prevent the misuse of material nonpublic information contrary to the provisions of Section 204A of the Investment Advisers Act of 1940.

     (18) Entering into, extending, or renewing any advisory contract contrary to the provisions of section 205 of the Investment Advisers Act of 1940. This provision shall apply to all advisers and investment adviser representatives registered or required to be registered under the Securities Act of Washington, chapter 21.20 RCW, notwithstanding whether ((such adviser)) you would be exempt from federal registration pursuant to section 203(b) of the Investment Advisers Act of 1940.

     (19) To indicate, in an advisory contract, any condition, stipulation, or provisions binding any person to waive or limit compliance with, or require indemnification for any violations of, any provision of the Securities Act of Washington, chapter 21.20 RCW, or of the Investment Advisers Act of 1940, or any other practice contrary to the provisions of section 215 of the Investment Advisers Act of 1940.

     (20) Engaging in any act, practice, or course of business which is fraudulent, deceptive, ((or)) manipulative ((contrary to the provisions of section 206(4) of the Investment Advisers Act of 1940, notwithstanding the fact that such investment adviser is not registered or required to be registered under section 203 of the Investment Advisers Act of 1940)) or unethical.

     (21) Engaging in conduct or any act, indirectly or through or by any other person, which would be unlawful for such person to do directly under the provisions of the Securities Act of Washington, chapter 21.20 RCW, or any rule or regulation thereunder.

     (22) Using any term or abbreviation thereof in a manner that misleadingly states or implies that a person has special expertise, certification, or training in financial planning, including, but not limited to, the misleading use of a senior-specific certification or designation as set forth in WAC 460-25A-020.

     (23) Making, in the solicitation of clients, any untrue statement of fact, or omitting to state a material fact necessary in order to make the statement made, in light of the circumstances under which they are made, not misleading.

     The conduct set forth above is not inclusive. Engaging in other conduct such as nondisclosure, incomplete disclosure, or deceptive practices shall be deemed an unethical business practice. The federal statutory and regulatory provisions referenced herein shall apply to investment advisers, investment adviser representatives, and federal covered advisers, to the extent permitted by the National Securities Markets Improvement Act of 1996 (Pub. L. No. 104-290).

[Statutory Authority: RCW 21.20.450, 21.20.020 (1)(c), 21.20.110 (1)(g). 08-14-006, § 460-24A-220, filed 6/19/08, effective 7/20/08. Statutory Authority: RCW 21.20.450 and 21.20.100. 99-03-051, § 460-24A-220, filed 1/15/99, effective 2/15/99. Statutory Authority: RCW 21.20.450. 85-23-063 (Order SDO-220-85), § 460-24A-220, filed 11/19/85.]


REPEALER

     The following section of the Washington Administrative Code is repealed:
WAC 460-24A-058 Completion of filing.