Benefits of Custody Examination vs. Financial Statement Audit

Registered investment advisers (RIAs) that maintain custody of customer assets, and who are registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), are subject to various regulations intended to protect their clients. One such rule under the Investment Advisers Act of 1940 – the “custody rule” (i.e., SEC Rule 206(4)) – requires RIAs to obtain external assurance for customer accounts through either a surprise custody examination or by conducting a financial statement audit.

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