House Financial Services Chairman Spencer Bachus (left), R-Ala., plans to introduce a redraft of his bill calling for a self-regulatory organization for advisors early next week, according to three top industry officials in Washington.
Duane Thompson, senior policy analyst with fi360, told AdvisorOne that “an SRO bill may be introduced next week with the possibility of a vote in [the financial services] committee next month.” However, Thompson noted, committee “calendars can easily change from week to week.” Thompson also says the bill may be “somewhat different from the original discussion draft” that Bachus introduced. The other two officials requested anonymity because of the sensitive nature of the issue.
The redraft of Bachus’ SRO bill comes despite the fact that economic analysis released by The Boston Consulting Group and commissioned by advisory trade groups found that creating an SRO would cost at least twice as much as providing the Securities and Exchange Commission with adequate funds to examine advisors.
A spokesman for Bachus’ office told AdvisorOne via email that he could not confirm that a release of an SRO redraft would come next week.