Fiduciary September 2015: A Historic Time for Fiduciary Advice
Reclaim your Advisers Act heritage, urges the Institute for The Fiduciary Standard, and tell your story to investors in the public square.
For Once, Two Certainties in D.C.: New SEC Commissioners, DOL Fiduciary Rule
The New Year — yes, I’m talking about 2016 already — will bring with it two certainties: A final fiduciary rule will be unveiled and new commissioners will arrive at the SEC.
Fiduciary Best Practices, Part Deux: Bigger, Better, Maybe More Client-Centered
Recent activities in Congress and at the SEC to curtail a fiduciary standard for brokers indicate, at least to this writer, that any meaningful advances in investor protections will be driven by independent fiduciary advisors.
4 Ways to Strengthen BICE in DOL’s Fiduciary Rule
The Labor Department’s proposed rule is historic and can be improved by industry suggestions, as long that input doesn’t weaken the rule.
Defining ‘Best Interest’ Standard in Fiduciary Debate a Head Scratcher
Two industry trade groups and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority came out recently with uniform best interest standards in an attempt to squelch what they say will be competing fiduciary plans to be issued by the Department of Labor and the Securities and Exchange Commission.
The SEC ‘Hasn't Been Doing Its Job for a Long Time’: Brian Hamburger
In a wide-ranging session at the Envestnet Advisor Summit in Chicago in early May, MarketCounsel's Brian Hamburger argued that one of the main regulatory and compliance issues facing advisors is the regulators themselves.
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 Fiduciary Sales an Oxymoron?
DOL and SEC need to make the distinction between sales and advice clear—and stop letting anyone other than an RIA call themselves an advisor.
Why the IA 35?
While I’m not a fervent believer in the “Great Man” theory of history, I do believe that individuals make a big difference in the history of the world, of nations and of families.
An SEC Broker Fiduciary Standard May Undermine the ’40 Act
In my March 25 blog on ThinkAdvisor.com, “Will She or Won't She? Mary Jo White and the Broker Fiduciary Standard,” I voiced some concerns about SEC Chairwoman White's recent remarks at SIFMA's Legal and Compliance Seminar in Phoenix pertaining to the SEC's plans to move forward with a fiduciary standard...