Defendant Name: Royal Alliance Associates, Inc.

Defendant Type: Subsidiary of Public Company

Document Reference: 2016-52

Document Details

Legal Case Name In the Matter of Royal Alliance Associates, Inc., SagePoint Financial, Inc. and FSC Securities Corporation
Document Name AIG Affiliates Charged With Mutual Fund Shares Conflicts
Document Date 14-Mar-2016
Document Format Administrative Proceeding
File Number 3-17169
Allegation Type Investment Advisers/Investment Companies
Document Summary On March 14, 2016, the SEC announced "charges against three AIG affiliates for steering mutual fund clients toward more expensive share classes so the firms could collect more fees. The firms agreed to pay more than $9.5 million to settled the SEC's charges."

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On March 14, 2016, the SEC instituted settle administrative and cease-and-desist proceedings against Royal Alliance Associates, Inc., SagePoint Financial, Inc. and FSC Securities Corporation. According to the SEC: "This proceeding arises from breaches of fiduciary duty and multiple compliance failures by Respondents Royal Alliance, SagePoint and FSC in their feebased advisory businesses. American International Group, Inc. ('AIG') indirectly owns Respondents, which comprise one of the largest networks of independent, dual-registered broker-dealers and investment advisers in the U.S. From at least 2012 to 2014, Respondents invested advisory clients in mutual fund share classes with 12b-1 fees instead of lower-fee share classes of the same funds that were available without 12b-1 fees. The affected clients were advisory clients whom Advisor Group Firms invested in a fee-based advisory service called the Advisor Managed Portfolio ('AMP') in accounts that are not qualified retirement or ERISA accounts, where 12b-1 fees are rebated. In their capacity as broker-dealers, Respondents received 12b-1 fees paid by the funds in which AMP advisory clients invested. By investing these non-qualified advisory clients in the higher-fee share classes, Respondents received approximately $2 million in 12b-1 fees that they would not have collected from the lower-fee share classes. Respondents failed to disclose in their Forms ADV or otherwise that they had a conflict of interest due to a financial incentive to place non-qualified advisory clients in higher-fee mutual fund share classes. As a result, Respondents breached their fiduciary duties as investment advisers to certain of their AMP advisory clients by investing them in higher-fee mutual fund share classes. In addition, Respondents failed to adopt any compliance policy governing mutual fund share class selection. During 2013, Respondents also failed to monitor advisory accounts quarterly for inactivity or 'reverse churning' as required under their compliance policies and procedures to ensure that fee-based advisory or 'wrap' accounts that charged an inclusive fee for both advisory services and trading costs remained in the best interest of clients that traded infrequently. Even though Commission examination staff previously had cited the firms for failing to conduct such monitoring several years earlier, Respondents did not conduct their inactive account review on a timely basis for the fourth quarter of 2012 and the first and second quarters of 2013."