What's Next for the Fiduciary Standard?
While the industry awaits a decision by the SEC on whether it will move forward with a uniform fiduciary rule for brokers and advisors, fiduciary advocates will engage this month in a debate about the importance of the two fiduciary rulemakings being considered by the SEC and the DOL.
SEC Issues Mutual Fund Prospectus Guide, Delays Annuity Summary Plan
The Securities and Exchange Commission recently released mutual fund guidance that advises registrants to reduce the length of the summary disclosure to three to four pages and to use “plain English” to explain disclosures.
Variable Annuities a Top Source of Customer Complaints: FINRA
Two top officials at the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority and the Securities and Exchange Commission recently highlighted their concerns regarding annuities.
Aging Advisors: Bad News for Indies, Good News for Wirehouses
New research suggests that custodians and BDs who partner with independent advisors face a serious risk to their business models as advisors age.
Former SEC Compliance Chief Tells White: Stop Suing Compliance Officers
John Walsh gave new SEC Chairwoman Mary Jo White some blunt advice: stop suing compliance officers “or the future of the profession may be at risk.”
Where Are We Headed?
The ultimate compliance goal is to help ensure that everyone associated with an advisory firm acts ethically at all times. Advisors and RIAs should do the right thing, even when regulators are not looking over their shoulders.
Regulatory Oversight of Investment Advisors
Although the regulatory environment is in a state of flux, it is imperative that RIAs adhere to their compliance obligations. To ensure compliance, RIAs and IARs must fully understand what those obligations are.