There’s plenty of anticipation and concern with the expected approval Wednesday of the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Regulation Best Interest, which aims to stop commission-based brokers from putting their interests ahead of their clients’.
How do independent broker-dealer leaders feel about the pending rules? To find out, we asked more than 40 executives as part of the Investment Advisor’s 2019 Presidents Poll.
More than two-thirds, or 68%, of the IBD leaders say the new regulations will cause confusion and challenges. The remaining 32% of execs are evenly split between those who are unsure about Reg BI’s consequences and those who do not believe confusion and other challenges will result.
When asked about the financial impact of new compliance procedures tied to Reg BI, just 27% view the expected shock to be minor; another 27% are unsure about the level of impact. Close to half of IBD leaders polled, or 46%, do not predict a “minor” impact on their costs and business activities.