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South Carolina Investment Advisor Surety Bond

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The South Carolina Attorney General, Legal Securities Division, handles investment advisor and broker dealer registration. The Division provides services for detriments against fraud and unethical practices, investor education and insures an equitable securities marketplace. The South Carolina Uniform Securities Act of 2005 provides details of the investment advisor registration process.

Surety Bond and SC Registration Requirements:

  1. Payment of a filing fee and application for registration through IARD with any required attachments.
  2. Sample copies of a written client contracts and/or agreements.
  3. Submit a balance sheet and income statement that is less than 45 days.
  4. Submit a list of investment advisor representatives for the firm doing business in South Carolina and their CRD numbers.
  5. Maintain a minimum net worth of $50,000 if there is custody of client funds. A $50,000 surety bond is required if the minimum net worth is not maintained.
  6. Maintain a minimum net worth of $35,000 is required if discretionary authority of client funds. A $35,000 surety bond is required if the minimum net worth is not maintained.
  7. If the applicant business is located out-of-state, the bonding requirements may be waived if the applicant is in compliance with said state requirements for net worth or surety bonding.
  8. Registration expires annually on December 31.
  9. De Minimis: out-of-state applicants are not required to register until there are 5 clients or more.

How Much Will This Bond Cost?

The premium that you pay for a South Carolina Investment Advisor Surety Bond is dependent on credit and the bond amount required. Our rates start at 1.5% of the bond amount with good credit. Contact our Surety Bond Specialists for a free quote.

Did you know?

You must provide to the South Carolina Securities Division, a list of investment adviser representatives with their CRD numbers that will be doing business in South Carolina.

Related Links:

South Carolina Investment Advisor/Investment Advisor Representative Check List
South Carolina Registration of Investment Advisors
South Carolina Investment Adviser Minimum Capital and Bonding Requirements
North Carolina Investment Adviser Bond

More Surety Bond Questions?

Check out our FAQ page or What’s a Surety Bond? page. Should you need or choose to buy a surety bond, buy from us. SuretyGroup.com has been underwriting surety bonds throughout the U.S. for more than 35 years. When you work with us, you enjoy the unique benefit of dealing with a team of highly experienced surety agents with in-house underwriting authority. This allows you to receive competitive, low rates, quick approvals, and immediate bond delivery. In most cases, your bond will be delivered within 24 hours after you apply for it.


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