Are Your ‘Best Practices’ Good Practices?
Tom Giachetti despises the term “best practices,” saying it is abused by clueless consultants looking for one-size-fits-all solutions.
5 Key Issues for a Succession Plan
In recent statements, SEC Chairwoman White has indicated that some requirement for succession planning will be incorporated into the much-anticipated uniform fiduciary duty rule.
Why the SEC Doesn't Need to Regulate Succession Planning
Just when you thought there wasn't one more rule that the SEC could impose on advisory firms, here comes another.
Fight Back Against ‘Aggressive’ Exams
You have gotten the call, and the SEC is coming. What now? Are you ready? How do you prepare?
Don’t Be Complacent About Compliance
This year is the second full year of a new, aggressive SEC regulatory regime. Has the majority of the advisory community taken heed? Unfortunately not.
SEC Exam Process Lacks Consistency
Multiple exams make it difficult for firms to predict what types of questions they’ll have to answer.
The ERISA Mystery Part II: Model Portfolios in Participant-Directed Plans
The Department of Labor is charged with enforcing retirement plan participant disclosure rules, commonly known as the 404(a)(5) rules.
The ERISA Mystery
ERISA is a complex law and advisors are still confused about it.
The SEC and E-Signatures
Over the past few months, I have received several calls regarding electronic signatures. Can we? Should we? Are there any compliance-related issues?
SEC Is Getting Into the Weeds
I’m on another flight as I type this, on my way to prepare another firm for its visit from the grim reaper (aka, the SEC).