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Before the lights went out: A consumer panel says what it knows about what it doesn't.

TD throws its first client-best-interest summit, a micro-event, by 'candlelight' in Palm Beach and ideas rise from the RIA deeps
As members of a consumer panel bitch creatively, fed up advisors dig deep for ideas that depend less on DC vicissitudes and more on RIA will and unity

Monday 6.17.13
Tom Nally and Fred  Tomczyk put their heads together before the opening session.

TD Ameritrade Institutional Elite Summit boasts big firms, big ideas and a defiance of the weather
A combined $133 billion AUM of advisors -- made up of 133 advisors -- made for rareified, if highly humid air in Palm Beach

Friday 6.14.13
Barbara Roper: This legislation does even less to achieve that goal of harmonization than it does to solve the resource problem.

Barbara Roper sends stern letter to Rep. Bachus raising new FINRA-as-SRO issues
Consumer Federation of America: Smaller firms would bear the brunt of costs and broker/advisor confusion may only increase under the contemplated bill

Monday 6.4.12
Sheryl Garrett:  “Given the funding issues currently facing the SEC, it may not get the resources to continue to regulate registered investment advisers. In that event, the Committee supports an alternative self-regulatory organization (SRO)."

Influential fiduciaries endorse bootstrapping advisory-industry SRO
Maria Elena Lagomasino and Harold Evensky among those giving nod to Mississippi law students

Monday 4.18.11
Skip Schweiss: "I had in mind that some organization that is familiar with the fiduciary standard practiced by RIAs would set the standards, then perhaps an organization like FINRA could lend its examination expertise/process/infrastructure."

Advisory factions steel for end game as SEC's verdict on FINRA SRO comes down
As action moves to Congress, a flurry of meetings and Schwab's appearance

Friday 1.14.11
Tea Partiers such as Michele Bachmann may change the enforcement landscape for investment advisors by putting some agencies on starvation budgets.

The 7 government actions that could reshape the advisory business in 2011
Funding may derail some grand plans, but regulations roll on (and so do tax threats)

Friday 1.7.11
Michael Henkel: He is passionate about moving independent advisors into the retirement plan market, but says that for now, advisors lack the tools to succeed there.

Yesterday's proposed DOL regs underscore why default investments are the 401(k) market's giant untapped opportunity
Regulators' so-far soft approach on target date funds leaves door open for advisors to compete

Tuesday 11.30.10
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and House Minority Leader John Boehner

Signed, sealed, delivered: Fiduciary advocates hope SEC takes their new survey for gospel
In pressure cooker of Washington, D.C., nothing looks certain, especially after Tea Party wins

Thursday 9.16.10
The CFP Board of Standards is co-sponsoring a conference to bring top academics, industry thinkers in front of regulators. Kevin Keller, CEO, says advocacy groups can't afford to take a break now.

How a surprising array of advisor groups aims to catch the SEC's ear
A conference of experts from academia, industry will examine how the fiduciary standard could work in a brokerage business

Monday 9.13.10
Jim Sotell: Fees that were hidden are coming to the surface. That will put RIAs on a more level playing field with brokers in the retirement plan business.

How the new 12b(1) fee restrictions could transform the financial advisory industry
Brokers selling 401(k) plans may have another nail driven into their coffin

Thursday 7.22.10
Susan Collins put Goldman Sachs execs through tough questioning, then introduced an amendment on the fiduciary standard.

Hopes dashed: Collins amendment extends fiduciary standard to BDs, but excludes variable annuity sellers
Amendment under fire from state securities regulators, Consumer Federation

Friday 5.14.10
Tim Johnson: Proposing a study instead of immediate reform of fiduciary standard

Johnson amendment a stalking horse for FINRA oversight of RIAs?
Advisor groups say legislative language lays ground for shift or regulators; others see it is a 'prudent measure'

Thursday 2.18.10

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