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.
How Fiduciary Advisors Can Change Wall Street—Again
Ron Rogé and NAPFA pushed, and the public pulled, big brokerages to adopt an AUM model. The same can be done with a fiduciary standard.
A Financial Planning Christmas Carol
A cautionary tale about the future of this profession. Beware, ghosts abound!
Why Disclosures Don't Work
Most retirement plan participants have no clue how much they're paying in fees, despite DOL's fee transparency rules. So why should brokers' disclosures work better?
Why the FPA Can’t Win in the Broker Market
It’s hard for me to believe that FPA’s scanty record on CFP advocacy is the reason membership is falling while the number of CFPs rises.
Should the FPA Get Behind the CFP Board, or Go It Alone?
The FPA appears to be at a crossroads in its history, having to decide between two paths for its future.
Compensation Disclosures ‘Taylor-Made’ for Conflicts
In a case strikingly similar to the one that spawned the widely covered lawsuit by Florida financial planners Jeff and Kim Camarda, the CFP Board notified a Los Angeles advisor that it had opened an investigation into his use of the term “fee-only” to describe his RIA.