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Clayton tells lawmakers advisers can skirt fiduciary standard

December 11, 2018

Securities and Exchange Commission chairman Jay Clayton told lawmakers Tuesday that investment advisers can dodge a requirement to put their clients' interests ahead of their own if they put exceptions in their client agreements. In an appearance...

SIFMA says Reg BI raises broker standard above investment adviser requirements

December 6, 2018

A major financial industry trade association asserted Thursday that the Securities and Exchange Commission's investment advice reform proposal would result in brokers having to meet a higher standard of care than investment advisers. The SEC...

Wells Fargo Advisors president David Kowach embraces best-interest standard

December 4, 2018

Wells Fargo Advisors president David Kowach urged the investment advice industry to embrace the regulatory effort to raise the standard of care. In an appearance at the MarketCousel Summit in Las Vegas, Mr. Kowach said pending regulatory changes...

Best the SEC can do or huge step backward? Industry leaders tussle over advice reform

December 5, 2018

The Securities and Exchange Commission's proposal to raise investment advice standards for brokers doesn't represent a big change from current regulations but is about as far as the agency can go right now, the leader of an brokerage trade association...

Best interest standard must come with fiduciary teeth: Borzi

November 12, 2018

A best-interest standard for investment advice will protect investors only if it's rooted in a fiduciary obligation, the mother of the Department of Labor's fiduciary rule said Monday. Phyllis Borzi, former assistant secretary of labor, didn't...

SEC tests show investors don't understand disclosure form for brokers, advisers

November 8, 2018

Investors embrace but fail to grasp disclosures intended to help them distinguish between investment advisers and brokers included in the Securities and Exchange Commission's investment advice reform proposal, according to testing results the...

SEC panel votes to urge agency to strengthen advice rule proposal

November 7, 2018

A panel established to speak for ordinary investors to the Securities and Exchange Commission voted Wednesday to urge the agency to strengthen its investment advice reform proposal by putting tougher requirements on brokers. The SEC Investor...

NAIFA files suit against New York for mandating best-interest insurance sales

November 26, 2018

An insurance industry trade association has gone to court to stop a New York regulation requiring insurance agents and brokers to act in the best interests of their clients when selling life insurance and annuity products. The National Association...

SEC commissioner Stein suggests Congress address differing broker, adviser standards

October 16, 2018

Securities and Exchange Commission member Kara Stein said Tuesday that Congress may have to get involved in raising investment advice standards. The Democratic commissioner suggested amending securities laws that allow brokers to provide advice...

IAA fears SEC will leave investor testing behind in rush to finalize advice rule

October 30, 2018

In a rush to complete investment advice reform next year, the Securities and Exchange Commission might not pause to absorb investor testing on a key part of the proposal, according to an adviser advocate. The SEC included in the package a so-called...

New Jersey could be first in fiduciary 'blue wave' with pending proposal

October 9, 2018

A calm surface on the waters of investment advice reform is about to be broken by what could be the beginning of a fiduciary blue wave at the state level. Next Monday, the New Jersey Bureau of Securities is expected to release for public comment...

Regulatory outlook for 2019 shaping up to be more positive

October 24, 2018

With the Department of Labor fiduciary rule overturned and the SEC's effort to advance a more workable common standard of care for all advisers well under way, the regulatory outlook for our industry is much more positive than it was several...

Fight for New Jersey fiduciary rule yields doomsday rhetoric from both sides

November 19, 2018

The fight over New Jersey's proposed fiduciary standard for brokers has only just commenced, and stakeholders on both sides of the spat already are resorting to gloom-and-doom forecasts, linking the rule's fate to an impending catastrophe and...

Can investment advisers disclose away all conflicts? Can brokers?

October 16, 2018

With the release of its regulatory package on April 18, the Securities and Exchange Commission drew an important distinction between disclosure obligations for investment advisers versus those for brokers. Even as the greater fiduciary debate...

DOL likely to address fiduciary rule again next year

October 18, 2018

The Labor Department has signaled it will address by next fall unfinished business surrounding its investment-advice rule that was killed by a federal court earlier this year. The agency released a regulatory agenda on Thursday that indicates...

All clients deserve advice that is in their best interest

September 19, 2018

With all of the recent discussion about the standards of conduct for financial professionals, it is important to remember that there is one legal standard that has required professionals to act in the best interest of their clients for more...

Here's how a Democratic House will affect financial advisers

November 7, 2018

A Democratic takeover of the House isn't likely to influence the Securities and Exchange Commission's investment advice reform proposal despite one of the leading critics of the SEC's effort being poised to head the committee overseeing the...

New Jersey releases uniform fiduciary standard pre-proposal, seeks comments

October 15, 2018

New Jersey released a request for public comment Monday on what could become a proposal to raise investment advice requirements for brokers. The state's Bureau of Securities issued what it called a notice of pre-proposal that would subject brokers,...

Shorthanded SEC may have to decide investment advice proposal on its own

September 11, 2018

For the moment, the Securities and Exchange Commission has a full complement of five members, but it may not last for long. Last week, the Senate confirmed Elad Roisman to a Republican seat that had been vacated by Michael Piwowar in July. It...

Merrill Lynch can't reverse progress on eliminating conflicts of interest

September 5, 2018

The fiduciary rule is dead, but its spirit lives on. The rule, which the Department of Labor first proposed in 2015, required brokers to act as fiduciaries — to put their clients' interests ahead of their own — when handling retirement accounts....

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