How Fiduciary Advisors Can Change Wall Street—Again
Ron Rogé and NAPFA pushed, and the public pulled, big brokerages to adopt an AUM model. The same can be done with a fiduciary standard.
White Promises ‘Clarity’ on Fiduciary
While SEC Chairwoman Mary Jo White said in mid-November that the agency had not yet decided “whether to do something or what to do” regarding a fiduciary rulemaking, White said she planned to provide “clarity” as to her position regarding a uniform fiduciary rule in the “short term.”
Examiners Get Tough
Understanding the inner workings and pressures on the SEC is valuable to advisors, but RIAs are mostly worried about SEC examiners—and they should be, according to Tom Giachetti, chair of the securities practice group at Stark & Stark. “They’re assuming you’re doing something wrong,” said Giachetti of SEC examiners under...
A Financial Planning Christmas Carol
In his day, Lynn Hopewell was among the most prominent financial planners in the country, having served on the CFP Board and as editor of the Journal of Financial Planning.
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.
Are Non-Traded REITs Right for Clients?
These instruments have an appeal, but their lack of transparency is troubling.
Enforcement Roundup: Madoff Recovery Total Hits $10 Billion
Meanwhile, the SEC suspended trading of four companies over concerns about their Ebola remedy prospects.
Bank of America Granted Penalty Relief After SEC Compromise
The SEC has resolved an impasse over punishing Bank of America in a mortgage case, clearing the way for a $16.7 billion global settlement.
Cohen’s Point72 Takes RCS Stake as Regulators Circle
Former SAC chief Steven A. Cohen disclosed a 5.1% stake in Schorsch’s firm, which said recently it was talking to SEC and FINRA.
Top 9 Investor Threats for 2015: NASAA
State regulators are seeing classic threats to investors “morph into new or altered dangers, many fueled by the Internet,” says NASAA’s president.