GAO to IRS: Shift Taxpayer Exam Priorities
Correspondence exams of individual returns provide far more bang for the buck than broader and more complex field exams, the GAO found in a review.
Treasury Sells Remaining AIG Shares, Profiting From Bailout
The Treasury Department on Tuesday sold its remaining 16% of AIG common shares for $7.6 billion, putting an end to the government’s 50-month shotgun financial tryst with the global insurer.
AIG Stock Sale Could Trigger Federal Regulation
American International Group is on the verge of becoming the first insurance holding company ever regulated by the federal government.
A Chat With CFP Board CEO Kevin Keller: Fiduciary, SRO and His Priorities
Providing the SEC with the resources it needs “is the best solution" to the advisor exam problem, says Kevin Keller, but finding a way to ensure advisors face more exam scrutiny—through an SRO or user fees paid to the SEC—will be a “long-term issue.”
Olivia Mitchell, Kent Smetters, Others Reveal Holes in Retirement Advice
Surveys show millions of people want to discuss retirement with a professional advisor. But a forthcoming book edited by Olivia Mitchell and Kent Smetters points to barriers to advice in the retirement marketplace.
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.
GAO Criticizes FINRA, SEC on Oversight
Serious questions are being raised about the effectiveness of FINRA and whether the SEC spends enough time overseeing this self-regulatory agency.
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.
401(k)s to Overtake Pensions as Primary Retirement Vehicle in 2012
For the first time, in 2012, more people will be saving for retirement in 401(k)-type plans than in traditional pensions, and that means employees need better guidance from plan sponsors, State Street Global Advisors reported in late January.
401(k)s to Overtake Pensions as Primary Retirement Vehicle in 2012: State Street
In 2012, more people will save for retirement in 401(k)-type plans than in traditional pensions, which means employees need better guidance from plan sponsors, says State Street Global Advisors.