For Compliant Advisors, Known (and Unknowable) Unknowns
The SEC, FINRA, DOL — regulations and oversight come from all sides, and anticipating what's compliant today but won't be tomorrow is a tricky game.
Arthur Levitt: SEC Deadlocked on Fiduciary, Advisors Need DOL Rule
As the Investment Advisers Act turns 75, ex-SEC Chairman Arthur Levitt, CFA’s Barbara Roper and more discuss why the industry needs a strong fiduciary standard.
One Step at a Time: An Open Letter to the Institute for the Fiduciary Standard
The Institute for the Fiduciary Standard called for public and industry comment in a January white paper outlining 11 best practices for advisors and brokers who provide advice to clients. What follows is an open comment letter that I sent to the Institute in March
A Simple Solution: Let's Call an Advisor an Adviser
Over the past year or so, many advisor industry observers have become disillusioned about the SEC's chances of complying with its Dodd-Frank mandate to create a fiduciary standard for brokers that's “no less stringent” than the 1940 Act.
Institute for Fiduciary Standard to Craft Best Practices
Vanguard founder John Bogle and Boston University School of Law professor Tamar Frankel will advise the institute’s new Best Practices Board.
SEC’s Lack of Fiduciary Action Is Hurting Investors, Advocates Warn
In a letter to the SEC, a coalition provides evidence that advice to retail investors under a suitability standard is harmful.
DOL Seen as First Mover on Fiduciary
The SEC will let the DOL move first in releasing its fiduciary redraft, which the DOL said won’t come until August, two industry officials predicted.
80 Years of Fiduciary in 15 Minutes: TDAI Fiduciary Summit
A tall order given to Rutgers University law professor Arthur Laby.
While Actavis (ACT) narrowed its 2013 guidance expectations in the wake of an unexpected Concerta approval, the company is still poised to post close to 30% EPS growth and potentially double-digit annual EPS growth through 2016.
The Jaws of Defeat
Taking time out over the holidays to reflect on the past year has become one of my favorite exercises.