Why I Love Advisors
At the TD Ameritrade Institutional conference in January, I participated in a panel session on how advisors can work with the media.
11 Reasons Why Putting Brokerage Clients’ Interests First Is a Bad Idea
The reasons raised by the brokerage industry against DOL’s fiduciary proposal are good, but out of the goodness of my heart, I offer some more.
Wall Street Finally Blinks in Fiduciary Standoff
The securities industry has done a masterful job of deflecting initiatives to force firms to act in clients' best interest. Is it different this time?
8 Oddest Enforcement Cases of 2014
Office equipment trafficking, a broker who gave client money to charity and more offbeat cases from the SEC and other regulators.
Congress’ Call for SEC to Shift Resources: Dangerous Gambit
The implication is that the SEC has got all its other areas of responsibility so well under control that it ought to cut back there to keep a better eye on those rascally RIAs.
5 Disruptors That Will Transform Advisors’ Businesses
In order to succeed, advisors must harness major trends already in process—those who don’t will fail.
Two Other BD Issues Still Loom
The independent broker-dealer community has consistently and loudly derided the Department of Labor's on-again, off-again plan to redefine fiduciary under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act. In late October, Labor Secretary Thomas Perez said the department continues to “reach out to stakeholders” regarding the redraft of its rule so that...
Fines imposed by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority in 2014 are poised to far outpace those reported by the regulator in 2013, according to an analysis released Aug. 1 by the law firm Sutherland Asbill & Brennan.
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.
Women Are Still Important
There's an unfortunate tendency among journalists to become inured to issues long before their readers.