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Spencer Bachus: The important thing is to have a better system to stop potential fraud.

Spencer Bachus's amazing turnabout from RIA villain to white knight and the miserable state of Dodd Frank's advancement of fiduciary care
Once presumed to be in FINRA's back pocket, the Alabama congressman co-sponsors H.R. 1627 -- a huge boon to SEC oversight of RIAs

Monday 7.21.14
Paul Tramontano: Whenever we have a process or a system going exactly the way we want it, I tell my staff to break it and rebuild it.

$5 billion and $12 billion RIA principals tell worthy anecdotes (hint, Madoff), reveal secrets, to Barron's moderator at IMCA
Paul Tramontano and Ric Edelman topped a bill that offered a barn-burning tax talk from Kitces

Friday 5.9.14
Sheri Mushel: There are good reasons it has a bad reputation as a tough exam.

How to ace the grueling Series 65 exam and keep your wits and your nerves intact in the process
All-nighters are not recommended for the 130-page, FINRA-administered test but up to 45 hours of study is

Wednesday 5.7.14
Libby Cherrington (right) and Krista Dunton have two kids and have been married almost five years.

How Morgan Stanley and a lesbian super-producer came to grief in South Carolina and why she alleges bias
The wirehouse's response: Libby Cherrington is using the gay issue to distract from a $6.7 million loan that has gone unpaid by the AIG rep

Tuesday 4.15.14
Brooke Southall: There are only so many flavors of trust, integrity and character.

The 10 biggest threats to the RIA business heading into 2014
The fiduciary planning model is taking shots from every angle but the jugular looks inaccessible

Friday 12.27.13
Ron Rhoades: There was a time when the SEC was respected. No more.

How the SEC has pulled a vanishing act, looking the other way while brokers with flimsy pretenses hold themselves out as trusted advisors
The federal keeper of the standards has stopped battling brokers from calling themselves 'wealth managers', advertising 'trust' or looking the other way on principal trades

Tuesday 12.17.13
Mary Jo White: Anytime you've got the same conduct regulated differently you need to take a close look and see what you should do.

After starring in New Yorker article, Mary Jo White holds SIFMA event spellbound and 'no-admit, no-deny' is still in play
The muscular prosecutor of security fraud and terrorism cases delivered roses -- and maybe some thorns

Wednesday 11.13.13
Ron Rhoades: Only we, as professionals, if armed with a history of its practical application, will be able to call upon Congress to implement a true fiduciary standard and the formation of a professional regulatory organization.

What the 8 pillars of a FINRA-replacing entity for RIA oversight look like and how personal accountability is key
First and foremost, the PRO would have as it members individuals (not firms) who are qualified to become members of the profession

Sunday 7.28.13
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
Ron Rhoades: Brokers continue to operate with a free hand -- unburdened by the duty of nearly every other person in the U.S.

The story of FINRA's implacable drift from its founding ideals to a pallid 'no-lying baseline'
In Part 2 of a four-part series, our one-man think tank narrates the back story of today's fiduciary standoff, getting to the root of the 'insidious conflicts' that made the terms 'broker' and 'trustee' oxymoronic

Tuesday 7.9.13
Ron Rhoades: Wall Street and the large U.S. banks have captured our regulatory bodies and Congress, to the detriment of individual American investors.

Why keeping FINRA from ruling RIAs is critical to these firms, the investor -- and even the U.S. economy
In Part 1 of a four-part series, our One Man Think Tank pulls back the lens to look at how the resolution of the fiduciary furor could reverberate nationwide

Monday 6.24.13
Alan Markarian: We're the largest commercial bank focusing on this need.

How U.S. Bank appeared on the scene as an RIA custodian and where it might find love
Though the brand seems to scream out Generic Retail Bank, its Cincinnati RIA unit see room to wrest share from bigger, more faceless banks and the smaller brokerages

Tuesday 6.11.13
Jeffrey Concepcion: I'd tell you the biggest victory was the vindication and comments from former co-workers.

How Jeffrey Concepcion manned up after FINRA and Lincoln Financial troubles to become an LPL giant
In only four years, his OSJ RIA has $6.2 billion in advised assets and 130 advisors, thanks to a radical cold-calling plan and lower, yes lower, payouts than other OSJs

Tuesday 5.14.13
Dale Brown: The SEC recognizes that working to harmonize standards is a good PR effort to improve its standing among consumer groups.

Dale Brown tells RIAs why SEC's fiduciary standard is too costly for their clients
Invoking his own parents' small nest egg, the FSI chief projects a 2015 Finra takeover of SEC duties for RIAs

Friday 4.26.13
Skip Schweiss: This bill is the best path we've seen thus far.

An advisor fee bill hits Congress again, this time gaining qualified support from RIA groups
Rep. Maxine Waters' bill, which would require fees from advisors for the SEC, is unlikely to pass, but groups say it will push off FINRA efforts for now

Monday 4.22.13
Jack Waymire: Investors are supposed to believe [Barron's picks] produce superior results because they are responsible for large amounts of assets.

Does Barron's really have a bead on the best financial advisors in America?
The famed Top Advisor Rankings by State is an established and influential ranking but its criteria are murky and therefore misleading, according to this veteran who also vets RIAs

Thursday 3.21.13
Pat Burns: FINRA has been in the red financially and the addition of thousands of new member firms with their membership fees would certainly be helpful to its bottom line.

FINRA is making dog whistle comments hinting its SRO ambitions still simmer
'Harmonization' comments by Richard Ketchum make all the talk of the group abandoning its RIA-oversight ambitions seem like bunk

Monday 3.18.13
Skip Schweiss: Why one exam every five months? I'd still like that question answered.

RIA loyalists slam the SEC for playing into FINRA's darkest characterizations of haplessness
Is the Securities and Exchange Commission asking for more cash to examine RIAs, getting it, then spending it on other priorities?

Friday 3.1.13
Brian Hamburger: Don't think for a moment this is it. FINRA is playing coy.

FINRA's regulatory white flag may be a pause before it plays white knight to SEC's cash-starved damsel
Brian Hamburger, David Tittsworth and Pat Burns see no gain in breathing easy with so many endgame possibilities still in play

Friday 2.8.13
Patrick Burns: By opening the door for RIAs to have their arbitration cases held before a FINRA arbitration panel, it seems that FINRA has taken another step in its quest to become the SRO for RIAs.

Analysis: Beware of a FINRA bearing gifts for RIAs
The broker regulator takes another step towards ruling RIAs by making its arbitration process open to them

Friday 12.7.12
Ed Friedman: The new proposal will curtail the “serial” movers from jumping ship every few years strictly for the check.

Will FINRA knock out the 'serial movers' and boost the RIA option in the bargain?
A rule looked at for decades may finally gain traction

Friday 11.30.12
Bob Veres: 'Everyone feels screwed,' one advisor wrote.

The top 10 deepest fears -- and highest hopes -- of RIA practitioners
A decade of flatlining investment results has advisors worried about clients' faith in the very fabric of the markets

Monday 11.26.12
Ron Rhoades: I’ve put a big target on my back.

Before taking a self-imposed vow of silence, Ron Rhoades sounds off on the RIA industry and tells what's it's like to hit a professional wall
The outspoken NAPFA chairman-who-wasn't covers why the Bachus bill will rise again, the true fix for RIA exams and why the term 'fee-based' is inherently 'fraudulent'

Monday 8.27.12
Mark Mensack: Bachus has ignored my own whistle-blower allegations against Morgan Stanley, which relate to what 401(k) expert Edward Siedle describes as fraud that 'makes Madoff look like chicken feed.'

Why Bachus' SRO-that-must-not-be-named would prove a tyrant to RIAs
The author says that as a private corporation endowed with governmental powers, FINRA is unsafe at any speed

Friday 8.24.12
Steve Lockshin: We cannot be left to regulate ourselves.

Lockshin: All advisors must deal with the threat of low industry standards -- before investors do it for them
The gains of the last 20 years could be scuttled if advisors don't band together to raise the standards of training and education

Friday 8.17.12
Rep. Spencer Bachus fired off a WSJ Op-Ed pushing for his bill two weeks after he had tabled it -- leaving advisors gobsmacked.

Amazed and confused: Advisors struggle to make sense of Bachus' Wall Street Journal Op-Ed salvo
House panel chief dives back into the oversight fray, but confusion persists over timing, intentions

Tuesday 8.7.12
On his D.C. sojourn, Neil Hokanson discovered firsthand how 'rumors are traded like bootleg whiskey on the black market.'

What happened when two advisors traveled to D.C. to be heard
Neal Hokanson and Chris Cannon, separately but with the same mission, felt like they created 'aha' moments for presumed FINRA advocates

Thursday 6.21.12
James Carville lent his big presence and Louisiana accent to a small event with large ambitions.

TD Ameritrade's 2012 Elite Advisor Summit gathers $89 billion of RIA assets under one Laguna Beach umbrella
Fresh off a week of D.C. intensity, the annual event crackled with strong opinions and offensive strategies

Friday 6.15.12
Dale Brown: We have no illusions that FINRA is a perfect regulator.  Some of the criticism it is receiving is valid.

In a pivot, Dale Brown tells Committee that 'SRO' is a 'misnomer'
FINRA is not self-regulating after all because its governing board is mostly made up of non-industry public members

Wednesday 6.6.12
Brian Hamburger: The Bill's supporters are promoting a devious shell game to hinder the growth of an industry that has flourished by doing the right thing for investors.

Brian Hamburger hammers the FINRA SRO proposal in a letter
In his muscular style as a lawyer and insider in the regulatory realm, the MarketCounsel principal pulls no punches

Tuesday 6.5.12
Angela Canterbury: Several members of Bernard Madoff's family held leadership roles at FINRA.

Non-partisan watchdog group writes a scathing letter about FINRA
POGO, which uncovered the Pentagon's famed $7,500 coffee maker, says the would-be SRO is basically rife with conflicts of interest

Thursday 5.31.12
Ron Rhoades: "Suitability" is a failed doctrine. FINRA itself is a colossal failure, by any measure.

An in-depth analysis of FINRA's attempted takeover of RIAs and why the group should be disbanded, Part 2
FINRA's aim is to stamp out small RIAs that compete with its large Wall Street firms. Don't let it happen, pleads NAPFA's new chairman

Thursday 5.31.12
Joe Russo: Everyone in D.C. knows that this Congress is never, ever, going to give the SEC more money.

New FSI chairman isn't sugarcoating FINRA's shortcomings but blasts the SEC on porn and Blackberries in this letter
Joe Russo says that 25% of his group's own membership doesn't favor extending FINRA's dominion to RIAs

Wednesday 5.30.12
Ron Rhoades: FINRA was already an expert at protecting its large Wall Street firms from competition.

Why FINRA's power grab for RIAs needs to be stopped to avert the death of the profession, Part 1
Looking back from the year 2025, the author recounts how FINRA seized regulatory control and crushed the life out the once-thriving RIA channel

Wednesday 5.30.12
Duane Thompson: It’d be a compromise, even though that doesn’t seem to be a fashionable word right now.

Duane Thompson says Bachus bill will croak in Congress but others see danger aplenty
The FPA veteran who spearheaded the killing of the 'Merrill Lynch Rule' outlines his vision of compromise on the SRO issue

Tuesday 5.29.12
Ron Rhoades: You're going to see a much more active NAPFA.

NAPFA's appointment of a new chairman could be a big deal for RIAs
Ron Rhoades spent the last year in obscurity but now he's "ready to take the gloves off"

Wednesday 5.23.12
Marilyn Mohrman-Gillis: The organization that appears to be pulling numbers out of thin air is FINRA.

FINRA comes up with cost projections for its SRO and the CFP Board blasts them
FINRA is still angry that Boston Consulting Group did not consult them and says they created numbers "out of thin air"

Monday 5.14.12
Neil Hokanson: FINRA ... behaves like a background shadow organization from a bygone era.

A big California RIA fires off a letter to Rep. Bachus decrying FINRA as SRO pick
Neil Hokanson offers a boots-on-the-ground perspective about why changes brewing in Washington are bad for consumers and advisors alike

Wednesday 5.2.12
Karen Nystrom: This proposed bill is a big deal to advisors...We hold out hope that our message will be heard.

Avoiding FINRA oversight may depend on talking sense to an options-trading House Republican
Spencer Bachus, known to expertly trade options for his own account, seems to be down with what transactions-based advisors like

Thursday 4.26.12
Philip Chao: The fiduciary standard should not be reserved for the affluent America.

Why it's not OK that NAPFA and FPA agree with FSI about relaxed accountability for holders of IRAs
There is no 'suitability' America and 'fiduciary' America

Monday 4.2.12
Les Abromovitz: The SEC and state securities regulators want to prove they are aggressively overseeing RIAs.

Lost in limbo: How and why compliance officers can seem to thwart RIA marketing efforts
CCOs have valid reasons for poring over the content of any proposed articles coming from their firm -- but they owe you a quick response

Wednesday 2.22.12
Jack Waymire: You do not have to wait for investors to figure out the benefits of transparency on their own.

How exactly RIAs can leverage the new transparency as a marketing tool
Fee-only advisors will reap the benefits of fuller disclosure and here are some ways to highlight your competitive advantage

Friday 2.17.12
Daniel Bernstein: If an advisor posted that they 'held a great meeting on 401(k) plans,' and someone 'liked' it, it could be construed as a testimonial.

SEC sends sharp warning to advisors using social media
RIAs have to make sure they don't get 'liked' on popular websites like Facebook

Friday 1.6.12
Brooke Southall: The RIA business needs to be alert to the danger of becoming something uncomfortably similar to the world of banks, brokerages and trust companies that it is trying to reinvent.

Nine threats to the RIA business and how they can be avoided
The fragmented 13,000-firm army is poised for great things but too much focus on expediency could bring its own problems

Monday 11.14.11
Brian Hamburger says the latent threat of FINRA is that RIAs will lose their individuality and become like big-box stores

Brian Hamburger answers the questions about an SRO future that has RIA stomachs in turmoil
The MarketCounsel Summit undercurrent revolves around FINRA fears, so Dina Hampton put the compliance expert on the spot about how the scenario could unfold

Friday 10.14.11
Brian Hamburger: Rowe faces an uphill battle if he relied on oral statements.

RIA loses $10 million case against Raymond James the old-fashioned way
The case may have turned on the validity of written versus oral agreements

Thursday 8.18.11
Maria Marsala: If your firm doesn't have a written social networking usage document, get involved with creating one. Volunteer as a test case.

Top 10 tips for the 'social' financial professional when creating your LinkedIn profile
A search will often produce a professional's LinkedIn profile before his or her website.

Friday 8.12.11
Les Abromovitz: In a discussion of this issue, one attorney at NCS argued that the individual was giving the Facebook page a thumbs-up, not the advisory firm. It remains to be seen if regulators will make that distinction.

Why compliance experts are apt to dislike Facebook
When does a click constitute an endorsement?

Friday 5.13.11
Advisor Donald Purtill: The government’s records are fine. They have all of the right information and anyone can see it.

Under fire, BrightScope says it will allow advisors to update simple information for free
Company slams SEC as obstructionist

Thursday 5.5.11
Troy Paredes: The SEC commissioner also spoke, advocating for a regulatory regime that's easier on small firms ‘We should reject a one-size-fits all regulatory regime,” he said.

Eavesdropping on the IAA: JP Morgan exec challenges advisors on FINRA
SRO remains overarching concern; many advisors haven't finished their ADVs; anxiety rises about 'the switch'

Friday 3.11.11
Tom Bradley: Let’s not exclude any option out of emotion.

Tom Bradley makes the case for regulatory efficiency -- and maybe, FINRA, especially for the dually registered
TD Ameritrade's chief says it's too soon to reject any idea out-of-hand.

Friday 2.11.11
Rick Ketchum: The SEC has acknowledged that it cannot oversee advisors with its current level of funding.

Rick Ketchum reveals plan for advisor oversight at FSI conference
FINRA CEO promises light touch on rules, lays out political strategy

Tuesday 2.1.11
Brian Hamburger: The SEC is lining up the facts so that later the conclusion becomes obvious (it can’t regulate advisors with current resources). ... It’s genius, what they’re looking to do, but it’s incredibly transparent.

The RIABiz list of winners and losers in the wake of the SEC's fiduciary study
The race is on as laggards adapt to new vision of the future

Friday 1.28.11
Alex Potts, CEO of Loring Ward: "To throw more bureaucracy at a system that has been working well ... it almost makes you cringe."

Six things to know about this week's big DC news
RIAs have the winning business model, but also more competition

Friday 1.21.11
Mary Schapiro:A fiduciary owes its customers and clients more than mere honesty and good faith alone.

How 10 top groups define 'fiduciary'
Obama administration, SEC, FINRA, FPA, fi360, U.S. Supreme Court and SIFMA raise fiduciary bar to different heights

Friday 1.21.11
Nick Georgis: Schwab has had conversations with SEC staff.

Schwab takes high-profile stand opposing self-regulatory organization for advisors
Largest custodian opposes FINRA on heavily lobbied issue

Friday 1.14.11
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
Alan Foxman: Is arbitration the greatest thing since sliced bread, or is it the proverbial kangaroo court?

In the duel of FINRA vs. state courts, one comes out on top for most advisors
Rarely seen stats shed light on whether you are more likely to win in arbitration

Thursday 1.13.11
Kristian Colvin: I’m not sure why they made such a stink of me leaving.

How Schwab failed to block one broker's breakaway and what the legal battle may mean for the future
Industry insiders say they're stunned by a recent courthouse loss

Tuesday 1.11.11
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
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
SEC headquarters has seen plenty of traffic lately, as companies and lobbying groups send execs aiming to influence a pending report on advisor oversight.

Most RIAs prefer to pay money for SEC exams now than pay in blood later under an SRO
TD Ameritrade survey comes as resistance to FINRA empowerment wells up from wide array of organizatioms

Friday 12.10.10
David Massey, NASAA president, is arguing that the SEC has the bandwidth to continue regulating advisors.

Is FINRA oversight a fait accompli? It's starting to feel that way.
IAA's Tittsworth says advisors still have the chance to play up small-business angle to submarine legislation

Tuesday 11.23.10
Les Abromovitz: Some advisers designate one particular person who is responsible for addressing questions pertaining to seniors.

When it comes to senior investors, regulators are breathing down your shoulder
A Colorado advisor who oversold hedge funds may pay a price

Tuesday 9.21.10
Summer's last gasp: Advocates for advisors and broker-dealers were putting in long days to prepare comments on the fiduciary standard to send to the SEC's Mary Schapiro and the other commissioners.

Old foes in the fiduciary debate join new battle to sway SEC's six-month study
Advocates were working down to the wire to submit comments by the end of yesterday

Tuesday 8.31.10
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
Kristina Fausti: We've entered a new regulatory era that calls for greater transparency and accountability.

How financial reform gives the SEC new bite; plus at least five other things advisors ought to know about the legislation
The new financial world will be constructed mostly out of the public eye, as regulators begin studying 150 issues Congress punted to agencies

Monday 7.26.10
Eugene Steuerle explains why it's often better to spend your 401(k) for a year or two before delving into Social Security

RIABiz Conversations: Eugene Steuerle answers RIAs' technical questions about how to use Social Security as an annuity
Plus, a debate you may have missed on Harold Evensky's FINRA comments

Tuesday 7.20.10
Ron Rhoades: It is time for FINRA to be dismantled.

One-Man Think Tank: Six reasons that FINRA should be dismantled
Insuperable issue: Each FINRA firm has an equity interest in FINRA - and would be entitled to a slice of its billion-dollar war chest

Wednesday 7.14.10
Harold Evensky: Although [shunning FINRA] may provide a temporary visceral high, it is counterproductive and unprofessional and will result in our voices being ignored

Why Harold Evensky believes that a FINRA-as-devil attitude is counterproductive
The fiduciary standard-bearer is optimistic that FINRA can make fiduciary standards work in the 'real world'

Wednesday 7.14.10
Mark Tibergien: To advisors, broker-dealers are the Soviet Union and FINRA is the KGB.

Why advisors see FINRA as the devil
A conversation with Richard Brueckner and Mark Tibergien lends perspective to this widely held view by RIAs of the b/d regulator

Tuesday 6.22.10
If Congress passes financial reform, it only sets the stage for a new host of FINRA, SEC and DOL issues

Regulatory Wire (Updated): To create a successful new regulatory regime, the biggest fears of both broker-dealers and advisors must be assuaged
Plus, a DOL administrator offers hints of new 401(k) regulations to come this fall

Friday 5.14.10
David Bellaire: Improving regulatory examination and enforcement for investment advisers and broker-dealers is more complicated than changing the responsible regulator or throwing money at the problem.

Debate continues: Fiduciary standard no panacea
Financial Services Institute advocates for study, deliberate look at investor protection

Thursday 5.6.10
FINRA, SEC and NASSA offer guidance on the suitability standard

The suitability standard, defined
If you've wondered, as we have, exactly what it says, wonder no more

Wednesday 5.5.10
Ron Rhoades: When will Congress stand up to Wall Street?

One-Man Think Tank: When Wall Street has investors' 'best interests' at heart, watch out
As Senate is poised to take up reform, Ron Rhoades contends the movement to create a "new" fiduciary standard is a campaign of disinformation

Tuesday 4.27.10
Ron Rhoades: The more you make brokers and advisers look the same, the more likely it is that FINRA will end up regulating them all.

What financial advisors can expect from Washington this spring: 8 predictions
Financial reform will move forward, but regulation will move backward

Monday 4.5.10
Sen. Herb Kohl favors disclosure by planners of conflicts of interest and compensation.

Proposal would sweep RIAs, planners, brokers into one huge regulatory pool (Updated)
New board promoting the fiduciary standard would oversee 75,000

Wednesday 3.10.10
Bernie Madoff did his part to help increase attendance at the Investment Adviser Association’s annual compliance conference

Four hot topics in compliance from the IAA conference
The mutual fund and ETF question gets looked at from a regulatory standpoint

Monday 3.1.10
Neil Simon: What we are facing... is the possibility of the end of the regulatorily-distinct investment advisory profession

Top RIA lobbyist says insurance foes have been 'more effective' in fiduciary battle but urges patience
Neil Simon: Supporters of a strict fiduciary standard can prevail with an effective end game

Monday 3.1.10
Les Abromovitz: When the SEC takes a stand on social media, it is likely to reach many of the same conclusions

FINRA guidance may help RIAs avoid social media blunders
Even employees' LinkedIn profiles ought to be supervised

Friday 2.26.10
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
Washington's attention to financial advice is a major step in its evolution

Part Two: The last advice model standing
Five links on the evolutionary chain toward a profession

Monday 2.15.10
Ron Rhoades: Increasing attention is now being given to FINRA’s failures as a regulator

7 reasons why wirehouses shouldn't milk the old business model
Once the chief protector, FINRA and its lapses may contribute to brokers' darkening picture

Thursday 1.28.10
Hybrid tomatoes have their advantages and so do hybrid RIAs

5 Reasons why the hybrid RIA model may be a bigger deal than ever
Someday all advisors could be hybrid-like under FINRA

Thursday 1.14.10
Mary Schapiro: When investors receive similar services from similar financial service providers, they should be subject to the same standard of conduct

'Unthinkable' progress was made on creating a new regulatory world for advisors in 2009
Change is in the air but upcoming Senate elections complicate prospects for 2010

Thursday 12.17.09
Andy Hyer: Blogs help promote an advisor’s business without being pushy.

Blogging: The costs and risks of hoarding your thoughts are rising
It's a new way for financial advisors to stay relevant with clients

Wednesday 12.16.09
Les Abromovitz: Not surprisingly, advisors' hypothetical case studies have happy endings.

Advertising practices that can raise the hackles of regulators
Photos, staff plaudits and hypotheticals are still testimonials by any other name

Thursday 11.19.09
Martin Kurtz: "The concerns around FINRA is that they've been in the suitability world; we're saying that this is a fiduciary world."

Martin Kurtz, president of Financial Planning Association for 2011, will take pragmatic approach
Electee has concerns about FINRA's historical 'suitability' mindset

Friday 11.13.09
Edelman: "Organizations suffering from internal disarray are ignored by legislators and regulators."

What's going wrong for RIAs on Capitol Hill?
RIAs brace themselves as Senate committee takes up financial reform

Wednesday 11.11.09
David Tittworth: "It's pretty bad."

Worst of both worlds looms for RIAs in Washington
Act would gut the authority of SEC over RIAs while doubling its budget

Wednesday 11.4.09
Patricia Struck: The states are almost uniformly in a good position to take on more oversight.

The big change RIAs should expect when the SEC punts to the states
Advisors under states see more audits, tougher registration requirements and busybody lawmakers

Wednesday 11.4.09
Obama's quest for harmony may create dissonance for RIAs

Eight things necessary to keep RIAs from answering to SIFMA
Multiple strategies needed to counter deficit in numbers

Thursday 10.15.09
Barney Frank on state regulators: “You have been an improvement on the federal regulators.”

Feds happily punt to states on advisor oversight
Move would take 33% of RIAs off of SEC's plate

Tuesday 10.6.09
David Tittsworth goes to bat for RIAs today [Tuesday]

Showdown set over whether RIAs stay under regulatory authority of the SEC [Updated!]
SIFMA and FINRA may play for regulatory control

Tuesday 10.6.09

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