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.
6 Results if Supreme Court Kills Obamacare Subsidies
The Supreme Court is expected to make a ruling on the King v. Burwell case any day now.
Former Obama Official: Advisors Need to Serve Lower-Income Families
After the financial crisis, "many families who were financially secure before are now living paycheck to paycheck,” says Michael Barr.
DOL Fiduciary Rule Out by May 2016: Lawyer
DOL must finalize a rule in the next year in order to implement it before another president takes office, ERISA lawyer Steve Saxon says.
EPA’s Fracking Study Bolsters Energy Industry, Undercuts Environmentalists
Industry groups said that the result vindicated what they have been arguing for years: drilling activity has risks, but fracking doesn’t deserve new federal oversight.
SIFMA, FSR Propose ‘Uniform Best Interests’ Standards for BDs
SIFMA’s CEO, Ken Bentsen, says its legal standard would protect investors and avoid “separate and inconsistent” fiduciary policymaking at DOL and SEC.
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.
Washington Governor OKs Small Business Retirement Marketplace
Law uses Obama's MyRA plan to provide small business employees with access to retirement plans.
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.
3 Former Treasury Secretaries Sing a Song of Woe
Three former secretaries of the Treasury—like their operatic counterparts the Three Tenors—were singing the same tune, a requiem for the U.S. political system.