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New Jersey fiduciary rule could be first of many among states post-DOL

September 26, 2018

New Jersey's push for a fiduciary rule governing brokerage firms in the state could be the first of many similar rules issued by other states following the death of the Department of Labor's fiduciary regulation earlier this year. New Jersey...

Voya pays $1 million to settle SEC charges over cybersecurity breach

September 26, 2018

Voya Financial Advisors will pay $1 million to settle Securities and Exchange Commission charges regarding a data security breach that compromised the personal information of thousands of customers. An SEC order says that over a period of six...

FSI celebrates death of DOL fiduciary rule, praises SEC advice rule

September 25, 2018

Leaders of the Financial Services Institute danced on the grave of the Labor Department's fiduciary rule Tuesday while voicing support for the Securities and Exchange Commission's advice reform proposal. FSI president and CEO Dale Brown said...

SEC charges Wells Fargo adviser with defrauding clients out of $1 million

September 25, 2018

The Securities and Exchange Commission charged a former Wells Fargo adviser with allegedly defrauding his retail clients out of more than $1 million. John Gregory Schmidt, who is based in Dayton, Ohio, sold securities belonging to at least seven...

Finra educates examiners on broker business models to improve oversight

September 25, 2018

One frequent complaint brokerages have about Finra exams is that the examiners don't understand the business. The regulator is addressing that lack of knowledge, said Bari Havlik, Finra executive vice president for membership supervision. "Finra...

DOL set to propose rule on open MEPs

September 25, 2018

The Department of Labor is set to formally propose a rule seeking to expand access to workplace retirement plans, less than a month after President Donald J. Trump issued an executive order calling on the agency to do so. The Labor Department...

CFP Board opposes state regulation of financial planning process

September 24, 2018

The Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards Inc. announced Monday that it opposes state regulation of planners. The organization is staking out its position to try to preempt potential bills from percolating in statehouses as most legislatures...

SEC's proposed advice rule is about as clear as mud

September 22, 2018

The effort by the Securities and Exchange Commission to clarify for consumers the differing standards of financial professionals could be all for naught. While we give the SEC credit for attempting to salvage some of the momentum and investor-protection...

The public can be better served without state regulation of planners

September 22, 2018

A profession is built upon the principles of ethics, education, experience and a competency assessment ensuring that someone has the knowledge and skills to work with the public. Professionals who serve the public are also typically held accountable...

Clayton declines to set timeline for final SEC advice rule

September 21, 2018

Securities and Exchange Commission chairman Jay Clayton won't set a deadline for the agency to complete its work on investment advice reform. "I have no specific date set yet," Mr. Clayton told reporters Thursday night in Baltimore, following...

Ladenburg chairman Phillip Frost steps down

September 21, 2018

Dr. Phillip Frost, who was charged this month with fraud, said Thursday evening that he was retiring as non-executive chairman of Ladenburg Thalmann Financial Services Inc. Dr. Frost and nine other individuals were charged Sept. 7 in a Securities...

Insurance executives push House to add annuity provision to tax reform bill

September 20, 2018

Executives from major insurance firms are pushing House leaders to amend tax-reform legislation to encourage the use of annuities in company retirement plans. In a Wednesday letter to House leaders, the corporate chiefs said that they were disappointed...

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...

SEC charges Michigan-based adviser in $2.7 million investment scam

September 19, 2018

The Securities and Exchange Commission charged a Michigan-based financial adviser with defrauding elderly retirees and other unsophisticated investors out of $2.7 million. ​ According to the SEC, Ernest J. Romer III persuaded at least 30 of...

Lawmakers want to reform rules around RMDs

September 18, 2018

Washington is eyeing an update to rules around required minimum distributions, which could result in big changes for financial advisers' retiree clients in the near future. Two retirement bills winding their way through Congress' legislative...

401(k) adviser disclosures need an important update

September 17, 2018

A fiduciary serves a vital role in society. In the most basic form, a fiduciary is expected to make dispassionate decisions in the sole interest of the less informed. To serve in the role requires the fiduciary to embrace the twin duties of...

SEC advice rule contains a huge hole

September 15, 2018

The SEC's new advice reform package contains a huge hole. While some brokers will be forbidden to use the title financial adviser or advisor, another few hundred thousand will still be able to do so. The Securities and Exchange Commission's...

What's next for the SEC advice rule?

September 15, 2018

The Securities and Exchange Commission has gone farther in the last 18 months to reform investment advice standards than it ever has, but it's difficult to predict when it will cross the finish line. SEC chairman Jay Clayton made reform a top...

Fixed annuities are on a tear

September 14, 2018

Fixed annuities have been on a tear this year, with sales seeing double-digit growth across several product categories amid rising interest rates and easing regulatory pressure. Overall sales of individual fixed annuities were $33.7 billion...

RIA charged for not disclosing commissions earned from selling risky tech stock

September 14, 2018

The Securities and Exchange Commission is charging an investment advisory firm with selling $13 million of high-risk securities to public school teachers without disclosing the exorbitant commissions the firm collected. A complaint filed Friday...

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