“If I was a betting man, and I’m not, I would bet heavily on the inability of government to get anything done,” said MarketCounsel’s Brian Hamburger on Wednesday at Schwab Impact 2012 when asked about regulation post-election. “And this bodes well for investment advisors.”
The reason, he continued, is that elected officials have “so many bigger issues to deal with, it’s hard to believe they’d waste their time on this.”
If new regulation is in the offing, Hamburger (left) added, it would be something to do with a new SRO.
“What we’re telling clients is that they might have to tweak their business model here and there, but nothing will happen that would be a sea change in what they do. Be aware, but don’t base business decisions on it.”
When asked whether advisors should therefore not worry too much about the regulatory environment, Hamburger said, “We’re not telling them to calm down. I think advisors have been told too often to calm down.”
By that he meant advisors should get involved from a legislative standpoint.
“I’ve probably spoken to more senators and congressmen in the past year than at any other time, and advisors need to make themselves known as well, if only because many politicians don’t understand the industry they’re attempting to regulate,” he said.
As for the firm itself, Hamburger noted 2012 was the sixth straight year MarketCounsel made the Inc. 5000 list of the fastest growing companies.