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.
Have the CFP Board’s Recent Punishments Fit the Crimes?
First, do no harm. Was harm done in the cases of Ron Rhoades, “fee-only” wirehouse brokers and the Camardas?
How Financial Planning Saves Clients (and Advisors) From Themselves
How the evolving process of financial planning helps clients (and their advisors) avoid the worst self-inflicted wounds.
Misconceptions Over Investment Terms Can Plague Advisors Large and Small
The saga of the San Diego County pension plan and its advisor should serve as a cautionary tale for advisors about the importance of educating clients.
Revenge of the Compliance Nerds: The SEC’s Whistleblower Program
What could possibly go wrong with the SEC's program encouraging compliance personnel at firms the SEC regulates to rat on their own firms?
Enjoy It While It Lasts
During my 30-year career as a financial journalist (wow: that's sobering), I’ve witnessed four major market downturns: in 1987, 1991, 2001 and 2008.
Understanding Advisor Economics 101: Follow the Money
The economics of being a wirehouse broker vs. an independent advisor, of the wirehouses vs. fee-based financial services firms, and the CFP Board.