The Robo-Advisor Battle Gets Personal
The public trash-talking among Schwab, Betterment and Wealthfront is entertaining, but I think our industry would be better served by a return to civil debate.
SEC Chair Wants Activist Fights to Be Nicer
M&A lawyers and bankers want to know what the SEC is going to do about various activist fights. Chairwoman White's speech offers a few clues.
Will She or Won’t She? Mary Jo White and the Broker Fiduciary Standard
News of SEC Chairwoman White’s support for a broker fiduciary standard may be greatly exaggerated.
Fiduciary Standard Should Be Based on How Brokerage Industry Works
A reader says all fees, transaction costs and loads should be transparent and "comparison-shopped for by a broker 'advising' any client." Therein lies the rub.
Fiduciary v. Suitability at Supreme Court, DOL
Obama’s decision to push for a fiduciary standard for retirement advisors while the issue is before the Supreme Court gives proponents a potentially game-changing boost.
Deconstructing One Broker’s Take on a Fiduciary Standard
A broker responds to my March column for investment Advisor on the fiduciary standard and makes some good points. And some not-so-good points.
Tax Planning: How Your Clients Can Deduct Your Fees
A look at how, how much and from which accounts your clients can deduct your fees, along with a warning about IRAs.
4 Topics All Owners Should Be Thinking About
For an advisory firm to grow, owners must have time to think. When they do find the time, they should be thinking about these topics.
How to Handle the NIIT for Trusts and Estates
The impact of NIIT on trusts and estates cannot be understated. The overall tax consequences of this surtax on trusts is likely to be even more profound than on estates.
A Fiduciary Standard May Leave Some Investors Out of Luck
The fiduciary standard may bring a higher level of service to some investors, but it may also inadvertently leave many out in the cold.