Fixed Indexed Annuities to Hold ‘Bright Spot’ in 2015
Fixed indexed annuities and immediate and deferred income annuities are showing “strong growth,” says the IRI's Cathy Weatherford.
SEC Tests Effectiveness of Disclosures; Fiduciary Rule Pending
As a decision regarding a fiduciary rulemaking hangs in the balance, two SEC commissioners are espousing “investor testing” as a way to help the agency better disclose broker and advisor standards of care.
SEC Needs More Funding to ‘Solve’ Advisor Exam Deficiency
While there “may be ways” that the SEC can reallocate its existing resources to accommodate a higher advisor exam rate, the SEC “cannot solve this [exam deficiency] problem without additional resources from Congress."
Republicans Get Tough With SEC Over User Fees
Industry trade groups remain steadfast in their bid to secure more backers of a bipartisan user-fees bill.
Gridlock Likely in New Congress as Fiduciary Regs Hang in Balance
The list of regulations and legislation that the advisory industry will be watching — and lobbying to influence — in the new year is long.
SEC Chief White Pushes Back on Advisor Audits
White tells Financial Services Committee that a reallocation of resources from BD coverage to advisors would ‘not be advisable.’
Senate Passes Tax Extenders Bill
Tax extender package applies only to 2014 and will last two more weeks.
CFP Board Calls First Computer-Based Exams a ‘Success’
CFP Board CEO Kevin Keller congratulates those who passed what he called a “very rigorous exam.”
Investors Say No to FINRA’s CARDS Plan
"Data from this survey reveals that investors have serious concerns about the CARDS proposal and the risks such a system could pose to their privacy," says SIFMA CEO Bentsen.
NASAA Launches Online System for Reg D Filings
Electronic Filing Depository creates an 'efficient, streamlined system for state Form D filing requirements,' says NASAA's Beatty.