The Cost of a Fiduciary Standard
A uniform fiduciary standard implemented by the Securities and Exchange Commission would cost brokers a total of $8 million in new compliance costs: $3 million to update their up-front disclosure documents and another $5 million for the initial build-out of compliance systems and training, according to the Securities Industry and...
Debunk Redux: Fiduciary Was Good for Brokers the First Time, Too
What happened to brokerage accounts following the FPA’s victory against the SEC in 2007 over the 'Merrill Rule' reveals as much about the brokerage industry as it does about the effects of a fiduciary standard.
Debunking Time: Fiduciary Duty Would be Good for (a Broker's) Business
The Financial Planning Coalition’s letter to the SEC debunks the securities industry’s current main objection that a fiduciary standard would cost too much for brokers.
Brokers Willing to Pay Up for Fiduciary Standard: SIFMA
In a clash of studies, SIFMA put the compliance price tag at $8 million, while the Financial Planning Coalition said fiduciary accounts would be more boon than burden for brokers.
SEC Gets an Earful From Advisors on Fiduciary Standard
Comments to the SEC from individual advisors—yes, most of them RIAs—call for one standardized fiduciary duty for all. Even Vanguard founder John Bogle weighed in.
Historic Moment as Planner Groups Voice Clear Support for Fiduciary Standard
In a letter to the SEC, the FInancial Planning Coalition and consumer groups make a cogent argument for why the SEC should impose the same standard for all advice givers.
Don’t Flub Fiduciary Rule, Groups Urge SEC
A broad group of organizations fears the SEC is headed toward proposing a watered-down fiduciary rule.
The CFP Board’s CE Proposal: What’s Driving This Flawed Idea?
In the final post in a series, an exploration of what may be behind the CFP Board’s proposal to offer continuing education. Is it looking to compete with other planning associations?
House Passes SEC Cost-Benefit Bill
Planning groups are at odds over a bill that passed the House on Friday requiring the SEC to conduct more rigorous cost-benefit analyses before making rules.
Why the CFP Board’s Proposal to Offer CE Is Wrong
In the first in a series of posts on the CFP Board’s proposal, an argument (from planners themselves) as to why it’s not a good idea and a look at the current, somewhat woeful, state of continuing education for CFPs.