20 Best & Worst States for Pension Funding
Public employees of some states find their retirement plans imperiled through bloated promises and mismanagement, while employees of other states are better off.
Top 10 Most Generous States
A new study by The Chronicle of Philanthropy has found a huge divide in generosity across the country.
SEC Swears In 2 Commissioners; FINRA Names New Governors
Kara Stein and Michael Piwowar, both former congressional staffers, are new SEC commissioners, replacing Elisse Walter and Troy Paredes.
401(k) Trustee Matthew Hutcheson Sentenced to 17 ½ Years
The Idaho-based trustee and fiduciary was also ordered to pay his victims $5.3 million in restitution.
States Improve Budget Decisions by Using Cost-Benefit Analyses, Study Finds
It might sound simplistic, but Pew-MacArthur study finds that using data to drive decisions improves performance.
Harmonization Headache: Thornier Than Fiduciary?
The debate over the outcome of the SEC's fiduciary rule is bringing to light what could turn out to be an even more contentious issue: whether such a rule will include harmonizing advisor and broker rules.
Congress Will Punt Student Loan Rate Fix to CFPB: Washington Analysis
Analysts at Washington Analysis said Monday that they believed “Congress will not move forward with legislation aimed at private student loans.” Rather, they “expect the CFPB will eventually develop private student loan servicing standards.”
Schwab’s Clark to SEC: Don’t Link Fiduciary and Harmonization
As the SEC continues to gather data for a fiduciary rule, Bernie Clark of Schwab Advisor Services says Schwab’s mission is to ensure that a fiduciary rule is not coupled with harmonization of broker and advisor rules.
How Financial News Gets It Wrong
Beware of headlines that claim to explain markets.
Obama Names Replacements for SEC’s Walter, Paredes
Kara Stein of Sen. Jack Reed’s office will replace Walter, while Senate Banking economist Mike Piwowar will replace Paredes.