One Step at a Time: An Open Letter to the Institute for the Fiduciary Standard
The Institute for the Fiduciary Standard called for public and industry comment in a January white paper outlining 11 best practices for advisors and brokers who provide advice to clients. What follows is an open comment letter that I sent to the Institute in March
Dear NAPFA: Don’t Take a Position on a Political Issue...
...unless it's on financial issues affecting markets, the economy or clients' well-being. Indiana's Religious Freedom Restoration Act doesn't pass that test.
Will She or Won’t She? Mary Jo White and the Broker Fiduciary Standard
News of SEC Chairwoman White’s support for a broker fiduciary standard may be greatly exaggerated.
Fiduciary Standard Should Be Based on How Brokerage Industry Works
A reader says all fees, transaction costs and loads should be transparent and "comparison-shopped for by a broker 'advising' any client." Therein lies the rub.
Deconstructing One Broker’s Take on a Fiduciary Standard
A broker responds to my March column for investment Advisor on the fiduciary standard and makes some good points. And some not-so-good points.
The Case Against Fee Disclosure: Good Idea; Bad Timing
Should RIAs increase fee disclosures to clients? It's a good idea, but considering the brokerage industry's marketing expertise, now may not be the right time.
Do Financial Advisors Need to Be Economists?
In their book “Big Picture Economics,” Joel Naroff and Ron Scherer tell the story of Greg Parker, who took the convenience store his father built and parlayed it into the Parker Companies.
11 Reasons Why Putting Brokerage Clients’ Interests First Is a Bad Idea
The reasons raised by the brokerage industry against DOL’s fiduciary proposal are good, but out of the goodness of my heart, I offer some more.
The Medium Is the Message, When the Subject Is Investor Protection
The Committee for the Fiduciary Standard suggests mainstream media have an important role in investor protection, but I wonder if the emphasis is misplaced.
Wall Street Finally Blinks in Fiduciary Standoff
The securities industry has done a masterful job of deflecting initiatives to force firms to act in clients' best interest. Is it different this time?