Is State Regulation the Future of Financial Planning?
Time to rethink national regulation of financial planners in favor of state oversight? Michael Zmistowski of the Florida Council of the FPA makes the argument.
DNA Holds the Key to What Financial Consumers Want
As with Americans' ignorance of many other matters, most “investors” don’t know a fiduciary from a Form ADV. And they don’t want to.
Why Did the CFP Board Hire Camarda Litigator as General Counsel?
The departure from the CFP Board of Michael Shaw and the hiring of Leo Rydzewski as the Board's first general counsel sends some dispiriting messages.
Technology Will Continue to Transform Independent Advice, and Advisors
The history of the independent advice model confirms that technology empowers independent advice. It will continue to do so.
Has the Consumer Media Gotten the Fiduciary Message?
If some recent articles in The New York Times and Forbes are any indication, 2015 might become the year of "fiduciary-only."
Congress’ Call for SEC to Shift Resources: Dangerous Gambit
The implication is that the SEC has got all its other areas of responsibility so well under control that it ought to cut back there to keep a better eye on those rascally RIAs.
The Future of Advice: The Bad News Looks Better Than the Good News
Apparently, 2014 was the year of over-hype for advisory industry surveys.
In Broker Harmonization Debate, the SEC Is the Real Problem
The current debate over the regulation of brokers and investment advisors has been raging for almost four years now, ever since President Obama signed the Dodd-Frank Act into law back in 2010.
What the World Needs Now…Are Client Advocates
The securities industry seems to be moving toward fiduciary client advocate advisors. Unfortunately, it looks like it will take a new professional organization to get there.
Why Aren’t CFPs Always Subject to a Fiduciary Standard?
The CFP Board's rules on the matter are hard to discern, owing in no small part to essential details appearing separately in three different places.