TD Ameritrade Fee Rebates: A Win or a Loss for Investors, Advisors?
Industry experts Lou Harvey and Michael Kitces weigh in on TD and Schwab's moves to support model portfolios.
Announcing the 2014 Investment Advisor Broker-Dealers of the Year
In 24th annual voting by their own independent BD reps, Prospera Financial, Questar Capital, The Investment Center and Cambridge Investment Research lead the pack.
What's Next for the Fiduciary Standard?
While the industry awaits a decision by the SEC on whether it will move forward with a uniform fiduciary rule for brokers and advisors, fiduciary advocates will engage this month in a debate about the importance of the two fiduciary rulemakings being considered by the SEC and the DOL.
FINRA Fines on Pace to Approach Financial Crisis Levels, Led by ‘Supersized’ Fines
Fines imposed by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority in 2014 are poised to far outpace those reported by the regulator in 2013, according to an analysis released Aug. 1 by the law firm Sutherland Asbill & Brennan.
SEC User Fees the Answer to Exam Budget Crunch: Investor Advocate
SEC investor advocate Rick Fleming called on Congress to pass a user fees bill, saying investors faced “substantial risk” from unexamined advisors.
Bank of America Settlement Ends Mortgage Crisis Lawsuits? Not So Fast
Following a Supreme Court directive, a federal appeals court ruled a lawsuit on behalf of several credit unions over mortgage-backed securities could proceed.
DC Update on SEC User Fees, an SRO and Third-Party Exams
It will be difficult to enact any legislation in this Congress, but I predict that the RIA user fee bill will gain co-sponsors, including Republicans.
Enforcement Roundup: Standard Chartered to Pay $300M, Cut Services
In another enforcement action, the SEC charged a former bank exec and his friend with insider trading.
BofA to Pay $16.65 Billion in Historic Mortgage Settlement
The deal includes $9.65 billion paid to various government agencies, including Justice and the SEC, and $7 billion for struggling homeowners.
Financial Engines Lawsuit Could Spark Other Robo-Advisor Suits
Financial institutions that offer computer-based advice, or are considering it, should pay close attention to the Financial Engines case.