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.
Knut Calls Out the Brokerage Industry on Fiduciary Standard
Knut Rostad makes the case why a fiduciary standard for all financial advisors is more important than ever today.
2014 Broker-Dealers of the Year—Scenario 3: SEC Imposes Fiduciary Standard on Reps
How would top BDs handle this scenario? "In many ways," says Eric Schwartz of Cambridge, "we're in a fiduciary world already."
Has the CFP Board Overplayed Its Hand With the Camardas?
Even if the Board wins its suit, what will be the long-term cost in the hearts and minds of other CFPs?
Fiduciary Advisors Are in Peril: How to Fight Back
To combat the Wall Street-Washington lobbying campaign, fiduciary advisors must state in the clearest possible terms what fiduciary advice means for investors.
Can CFPs Really Be Fiduciaries?
To my mind, the onus for establishing standards for how CFPs should live up to a fiduciary standard fall squarely on the CFP Board.
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.
Fiduciary-Only Advisors: Of Attorneys, 'Agents' and Schmucks
Readers of my recent blogs had some interesting responses (with colorful language) about the viability of my suggested designation of 'Fiduciary-Only Advisors.'
The Four Traits of the ‘Perfect Advisor’
While investors may have a hard time finding "perfect" advisors, is there another trait they should be seeking?
Can a ‘Fiduciary-Only’ Advisor Take Commissions?
An advisor makes some good points about selling insurance to clients, but are those clients sure their advisor is acting in their best interests?