For Advisors and Their Clients, Does It Matter Who’s President?
A look back at the last five presidents and their policies' effects on advisors and their clients, with implications for Obama-Romney.
Sandy Weill Wants Banks Small Again, Chris Dodd Wants Them Big
If politics makes strange bedfellows, it also makes for strange adversaries.
To Thwart SRO, Rep. Waters Introduces User Fee Bill
Maxine Waters, D-Calif., introduced on Wednesday a bill that would allow the SEC to collect user fees from advisors to fund their exams in lieu of an SRO.
Geithner: Europe Crisis Is Biggest Threat to U.S. Economy
Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner discussed with lawmakers on Wednesday a number of issues, from the success of financial reform to the European crisis to the SEC's attempt to overhaul money-market funds.
Borzi on the Hot Seat, Again
Phyllis Borzi is once again feeling heat—this time from House Democrats—over her insistence on including individual retirement accounts (IRAs) in the Department of Labor’s reproposed fiduciary rule.
On Dodd-Frank’s 2nd Birthday, Should Investors Celebrate?
Individual investors have not witnessed dramatic regulatory changes favoring investors over the past two years, but they seem to be voting with their assets, moving them more toward fiduciary advisors.
The Heat Rises on FINRA as Advisor SRO
Just as a government watchdog is pressuring the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to beef up its oversight of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), Congress is mulling whether to give FINRA the power to oversee advisors.
SEC Funding Boost ‘Not Going to Happen’: SRO Bill Co-Sponsor
Industry trade groups and consumer advocates opposed to House Financial Services Committee Chairman Spencer Bachus’ bill calling for a self-regulatory organization (SRO) to oversee advisors had their hopes quashed that the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) would receive a boost in funding in order to thwart an SRO.
Bachus’ SRO Bill Blasted by Government Watchdog
The nonpartisan Project on Government Oversight told Reps. Spencer Bachus and Barney Frank in a letter on Tuesday that it opposes Bachus’ bill to create an advisor SRO.
The Next Congress
This year’s congressional elections hold considerable potential to reshuffle power on Capitol Hill.