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.
Senate Democrats Push Back on DOL Fiduciary Plan
The Obama administration plan to tighten rules on brokers is facing blowback from the president’s own party.
This Is What the Fiduciary Debate Is Really About
Financial advisors are taking the lives of their clients in their hands. If advisors don’t understand this, they can do a lot of damage.
SEC Probes Whether 12b-1 Fees Are Used Properly
SEC is examining whether the rules for the fees and their disclosure are being followed and “what funds are paying intermediaries for.”
SEC Reviewing 12b-1 Fees
The SEC is reviewing the entire spectrum of 12b-1 fees, the deputy exam director said Tuesday.
When Finance Turns Into a Calamity
Historical lessons offer little shield against future crises.
How to Shield Investment Income From IRS: Andy Friedman
The political forecaster and former tax lawyer has a few tax-smart suggestions for investors.
World’s 20 Biggest Debtor Nations
McKinsey Global Institute finds that deleveraging has largely not occurred; rather, debt-to-GDP ratios have generally gone up since 2007.
SEC Urged to Reform 12b-1 Fees, Block Risky ETFs
The SEC "can no longer afford to relegate ... retail investor protection priorities to a back burner," the groups told the agency in a letter.