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Ron Rhoades channels his inner Chekhov to envision a scenario arising from a uniform fiduciary standard as per SIFMA's wishes.

A conversation between a wirehouse advisor and a senior citizen who seeks trust
Aunt Bea extracts the true meaning of the word 'fiduciary'

Tuesday 7.26.11
Ron Rhoades:  In essence, the “theory” of FIAs often fails in its execution, due to poor product design and abusive sales practices.

The ABCs of doing due diligence on fixed income annuities
State regulators are stepping up as the SEC, reigned in by Dodd Frank, retreats on regulation of fixed income annuities

Friday 3.18.11
Ron Rhoades: “Sh***y products” – such as the many poor asset-backed securities manufactured in the 2002 to 2008 time frame – would likely not have been manufactured in such great numbers had financial intermediaries been fiduciaries.

One-Man Think Tank: Four red flags in the SEC's fiduciary report
The standard may help right an economy overweighted by finance, but there's a strong chance Wall Street will block it

Tuesday 3.1.11
Ron Rhoades: The SEC will require the support of many professional groups and consumer groups, as well as that of the media and general public, to overcome the ferocious attacks which are certain to follow.

One-Man Think Tank: SEC courage likely to be tested in coming months
Study on fiduciary standard may be the most significant advance for investor protection in a half-century, but real progress will be made rule by rule

Monday 1.24.11
Elizabeth MacBride: Sometimes, we even get to hear the end of the story: an idea that has leaped from the online world to spur action.

Ideas born in the advisory world that flew far in 2010
How one conversation influenced NYC economic policy

Thursday 12.30.10
Ron Rhoades' crystal ball extends to 2025 when Americans finally say 'uncle' to another 15 years of having brokers' interests go first.

Why a swing-and-miss on fiduciary standards will haunt us for decades
An ounce of good sense now could save the U.S. economy a pound of unnecessary pain downstream

Thursday 12.23.10
Ron Rhoades: It appears that relatively few investment strategies, as to the design of portfolios for individual clients, withstand academic scrutiny.

One-Man Think Tank: Would your investment strategy stand up in court?
Advisors should apply due diligence not only to products and suitability, but to their overall approach, says the new ADV form.

Wednesday 11.3.10
Ron Rhoades: Many RIAs rightly question the utility of limited inspections by regulators.

One-Man Think Tank: The SEC's custody examinations leave gaps big enough for Madoff to drive a bus through
How to reassure clients who are seeing Ponzi after Ponzi unveiled

Tuesday 7.27.10

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