(Bloomberg) — The Obama administration’s plan to tighten rules on brokers providing retirement-savings advice is “almost unworkable,” according to Stifel Financial Corp.’s Ron Kruszewski.
“Small investors will be forced to leave the brokerage firms,” Kruszewski, 56, the St. Louis-based firm’s chief executive officer, said Tuesday in an interview on Bloomberg Television. The plan will “increase costs and reduce choices for the smallest investors,” he said.
The industry has spent more than four years fighting the effort to apply a stricter standard to brokers who handle retirement accounts. The Labor Department’s April proposal — which could be enacted as soon as the end of this year — won’t stop unscrupulous brokers, who would break the rules anyway, Kruszewski said.
“You’ve got to deal with those people, alright, that’s what you have jails for,” he said.