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Lou Harvey: It does mean that annuity sales will no longer be a 'caveat emptor' type of transaction.

'Paradigm shift' in 401(k) flows opens the DOL door for annuities in 401(k) plans and RIAs are split
In the wake of DOL and Treasury rulings, some fiduciaries, certainly not all, seem willing to give the oft-reviled instruments a chance

Tuesday 10.28.14
Ron Rhoades: Shouldn't the phrase: 'member, FINRA' be viewed like the warnings on cigarette packages -- i.e., as a consumer warning sign?

FINRA's scandalous litany of failures and its efforts to redefine the true fiduciary standard out of existence
Our one-man think tank continues his scathing indictment of the SRO's disingenuous and downright fraudulent practices

Wednesday 7.17.13
Terrence Morgan: 401(k) plan sponsors are finally ... discovering ... that all their friendly stockbroker could do was hand out enrollment kits and pat their employees on the back.

Cerulli: RIAs and hybrid RIAs make giant advances on banks and wirehouses in the 401(k) race
DOL guidance is making a difference and so is bank and wirehouse reluctance to take on fiduciary risk

Thursday 9.27.12
Lou Harvey: The rules on the participant side are a joke.

After years of DOL bluster, new 401(k) rules appear to make RIAs' low expenses look higher than those of brokers
It's the same old problem of mutual fund-paid fees arriving by tunnel and therefore getting a pass in disclosures; DOL no-comments the issue

Monday 6.18.12
Blaine Aikin: Regardless of what happens to regulatory reform, we expect to do really well.

Private equity strikes again, this time quietly buying control of fi360 for $11.5 million
Bluff Point Associates principals liked the recurring revenues and bright growth prospects

Tuesday 4.10.12
Michael Francis: It's my belief that they shouldn't be fiduciaries because they can't be according to the way the law is set up.

Merrill Lynch jumps on the fiduciary bandwagon in retirement plans but critics see lingering conflicts
Morgan Stanley, UBS and Wells Fargo Advisors already went this route but can wirehouses really deliver strict fiduciary care?

Tuesday 4.3.12
Lou Harvey: It's really going to annoy the hell out of the plan sponsors.

Which three of DOL's new 401(k) rules represent the biggest land mines for financial advisors and plan sponsors
Accepting gifts, estimating fees and using asset allocation models all demand treading lightly

Tuesday 2.14.12
Lou Harvey: This gives them a huge edge on Fidelty.

Schwab to make long-awaited move in 401(k) market with an all-indexed mutual fund and ETF strategy
Market leader Fidelity not likely to mirror the move because of its legacy structure

Thursday 2.10.11
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
Lou Harvey: “The demand for lower fees by 72 million participants and their families and 483,000 employers can awaken a sleeping giant that places similar demand on virtually every investment and financial product.

How advisors can position themselves for the coming 401(k) boom
Tips on becoming the educator of choice; and a framework for thinking about plan restructuring

Wednesday 11.10.10
Lou Harvey: All it will take is for one employee in any company to rise a question about fees. This is going to be a tsunami.

Why the DOL's massive new 401(k) disclosure requirements are a 'very, very big deal'
RIA competitors (i.e. brokers) face daunting challenge of explaining complex revenue-sharing arrangements

Friday 10.15.10
Lou Harvey: The bigger impact is on IRAs, not 401ks. There are a heck of a lot more IRAs out there and advisers involved in IRAs.

IRA assets could be ripped from the grasp of brokers if DOL has its way
With brokers disqualified, fee-only advisors may have 'phenomenal' opportunity to dominate $4.1 trillion IRA market

Thursday 3.4.10

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