Forget Fiduciary: Real Battle Coming Over Harmonization
SEC "hasn’t been doing its job for a long time," MarketCounsel CEO Brian Hamburger says, and the DOL fiduciary controversy obscures a bigger fight ahead.
Is a ‘Presence Exam’ in Your Future, RIA?
SEC exam chief Andrew Bowden said at a January hedge fund conference in New York that the agency's Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations will use the “presence exams” that it used to audit newly registered private fund advisors on never-examined advisors in 2015.
Is There Really an Advisor Exam Problem?
Head scratching continues over what to do about boosting SEC advisor exams — or whether the supposed deficiency is just a political football.
Side-Stepping SEC and DOL, 11 Fiduciary Best Practices for Advisors Are Proposed
Institute for the Fiduciary Standard's Knut Rostad says these practices can be used by advisors to counteract D.C. gridlock on fiduciary and “investor misperceptions.”
SEC Needs More Funding to ‘Solve’ Advisor Exam Deficiency
While there “may be ways” that the SEC can reallocate its existing resources to accommodate a higher advisor exam rate, the SEC “cannot solve this [exam deficiency] problem without additional resources from Congress."
How to Start Your Own RIA Firm
So you want to be an RIA? Here are the business and legal considerations to address before hanging up your shingle.
Camardas Amend Court Filing to Block Client List From CFP Board
The move comes shortly after the CFP Board filed a motion asking the Camardas to hand over client information, which raised questions about privacy rules.
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?
CFP Board Request for Camardas' Client List Raises Eyebrows
The latest filing in the CFP Board/Camarda legal tussle is raising some questions about privacy rules, Brian Hamburger of MarketCounsel says.
FINRA’s ‘Total Warfare’ Against Brokers in Arbitration
Breakaway brokers and pros across the financial industry cite biased panelists, missing hearing records and a 93% win rate for brokerages.