FINRA Floats ‘Watered Down’ BrokerCheck, Broker Bonus Rules
The new broker bonus plan “runs counter to the current industry debate” over a common fiduciary standard, which brokerage firms largely favor, lawyer Patrick Burns says.
White House Memo Offers a Peek at DOL Fiduciary Strategy
Two top Obama economic advisors write in an internal memo that DOL should tighten broker rules; they share some details from the long-awaited fiduciary redraft.
The SEC Is Broken; Evaluating Smart Beta; Where Are the Privately Owned BDs?: December Investment Advisor—Slideshow
As the main regulator of the financial services industry, the SEC has three important jobs, but the agency is facing headwinds that keep it from doing those jobs as efficiently as possible.
Investors Back More Broker Regulations: FINRA Survey
Nearly three-quarters of investors support more regulations to safeguard them from broker misconduct, an online survey from FINRA found.
Cambridge Joins Ranks of IBDs Abandoning Schorsch
The group stops sales of three Cole REITs following an accounting scandal at American Realty Capital.
RIA Assets Jumped 12.6% in 2014: IAA/NRS Study
Regulatory assets held by advisors registered with the SEC increased by $6.9 trillion from last year, according to an analysis of filings.
FINRA’s Big-Brokerage Loyalty Revealed in New Bonus Plan: Lawyer
The proposal, which curtails mandatory disclosures, should "leave no doubt" where FINRA’s loyalties lie, lawyer Patrick Burns says; recruiter Jon Henschen argues disclosure is pointless.
The 2014 BDOTY; Collaborative Divorce; A Solution for the Human Capital Crisis: IA September Features—Slideshow
In the September issue of Investment Advisor, we present the 24th annual Broker-Dealers of the Year.
A New Hope
In the individual video interviews I conducted with the leaders of the 2014 Broker-Dealers of the Year, I asked what advice they’d give to a college student considering a career in the financial advice field.
As Kleintop Leaves LPL for Schwab, Will Morale Suffer?
The latest high-profile departure from LPL "does not bode well" for staff morale, says one recruiter; others disagree.