Exam ‘Question’ of the Week

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Course Topic:  Due Diligence for Investment Advisers

Question: Due diligence, as it applies to the investment industry, is first mentioned in what piece of legislation?

a.) The Securities Act of 1933

b.) The Securities Exchange Act of 1934

c.) The Investment Advisers Act of 1940

d.) The Stock Exchange Act of 1943

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2 Responses to Exam ‘Question’ of the Week

  1. Bryan Miller says:

    The correct answer is A.

    The term “due diligence” first came into common use as a result of the United States’ Securities Act of 1933. This Act included a defense at Sec. 11, referred to as the “Due Diligence” defense, which could be used by broker-dealers when accused of inadequate disclosure to investors of material information with respect to the purchase of securities.

    Source: Wikipedia

  2. Quest CE says:

    Bryan, you are correct! The Investment Advisers Act of 1940 is the law that requires adviser firms to develop and implement written compliance programs.

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