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5 Dec 2009

Deadlines For 2010 Registration Renewals

It’s that time of year again - firm registration renewals are due by December 11, 2009.
Other important upcoming dates:

* December 24, 2009 - Deadline to submit any form filings for 2009.
* December 25, 2009 to January 3, 2010 - Both the IARD and CRD systems will be unavailable between these dates.
* January 1, 2010 - FINRA’s new fee hikes on the Gross Income Assessment schedule take effect. See Regulatory Notice 09-68
* February 5, 2010 - Deadline to submit any renewal changes or final payments on delinquent accounts.
* March 31, 2010 - Deadline for Form ADV and Form BD amendments.

AIMA Expresses Concern Over Proposed Threshhold For U.S Systemic Resolution Fund

Blogger - “The Alternative Investment Management Association, as the global hedge fund industry association, supports the efforts of policymakers in the U.S. to tackle systemic risk. We support the reporting of systemically relevant information by larger hedge fund managers to the national authorities in the interests of financial stability.”

“However we do wish to express our concern over a measure contained in the proposed Financial Stability Improvement Act of 2009, which was just approved by the House Committee on Financial Services, whereby the hedge fund industry would be subject to more onerous requirements than other financial institutions.” Under this proposal, the asset threshold for firms required to contribute to the Systemic Resolution Fund – a pool of capital that would be used to rescue firms deemed too big to fail – would be set at $10 billion for hedge funds yet $50 billion for all other financial institutions.

The result of this would be to impose disproportionately high costs on hedge fund managers who do not themselves pose systemic risk. “We hope this proposed measure is reconsidered before it becomes law and look forward to working with policymakers on a proportionate and workable outcome.”