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"Any effort to put broker-dealers and advisors into the same box is probably not going to work," says a former deputy director of the SEC's Division of Investment Management.
TD Ameritrade's online hub will offer information and action alerts to advisors as lawmakers and regulators weigh hot-button issues.
Americans over 50 are particularly worried about one major threat to their retirement plans and advisors must do more to help, a new survey finds.
Supporters of a broader and more rigorously enforced fiduciary standard are rallying behind a set of best practices they would like to see advisors and brokers incorporate into their practices.
The financial services sector as a whole is chasing short-term gains and in the process saddling investors with the costs of higher trading volumes and often not acting in their best interests, says Vanguard founder John Bogle.
John Taft, head of RBC wealth management in the U.S., weighs in on extending fiduciary responsibility to broker-dealers, saying any extension must account for the distinct business practices of the sector.
To prevent another meltdown of the market that helped spur the global crisis in 2008, large broker-dealers should receive access to Federal Reserve loans to enhance liquidity in the sector, according to a new report.
Advocates are calling on the head of the SEC to move forward with a uniform fiduciary proposal, even if that means pushing the rules through a divided commission split along party lines.
Linda Fienberg, the head of FINRA's contentious dispute resolution division, will step down from the organization at the end of November.
Robare Group netted $440,000 in payments from an unnamed broker-dealer for persuading clients to invest in certain funds, amounting to a clear conflict of interest, according to the SEC.
PageOne Financial denies SEC charges that the RIA aimed to fund its own sale with commissions from advisor clients.
A federal jury found an investment advisor liable for fraud after he allegedly enticed his former brokerage clients to transfer their assets from Wedbush to his RIA practice.
The CFP Board is seeking to position itself as a guidepost to advance varied efforts to even out the gender gap in a profession in which men hold a substantial majority of positions and dramatically out-earn their female colleagues.
Advisors need to take a more active role in engaging with college and university programs to help bring more students into the workforce, said industry officials at the CFP Board's recent academic conference.
As programs struggle, Kevin Keller says new Washington planning center will help academic financial planning programs.
Planners should consider hiring younger staff, and then encouraging -- or even requiring -- junior associates to study and sit for the CFP exam and complete their experience requirements, the CFP Board says.
Increased interest from academia in offering degree programs is the good news--but they still need many more qualified teachers.
Described by authorities as a con man, an advisor with a troubled past is ordered to repay $4.2 million in restitution; will serve sentence in a medium-security prison.
As more and more advisors consider alternative investments, they must ensure that they are conducting thorough due diligence before recommending hedge funds, private equity funds or other non-traditional assets.
For all the hype around alternatives, advisors should take note that regulators are watching how hedge funds, private equity funds and other non-traditional asset classes are handled.