Category Archives: securities compliance

“Upon Further Review: Do We Already Have a Universal Fiduciary Standard?” Redux

Back in 2013 I posted an article dealing with the controversy over the DOL’s proposed fiduciary standard. In that article, I suggested that a universal fiduciary standard was already in place that applied to stockbrokers, investment advisers and anyone else … Continue reading

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Eyes Wide Shut: Why the SEC Will Not and Cannot Adopt a Fiduciary Standard

Living is easy with eyes closed, misunderstanding all you see. – “Strawberry Fields Forever” In recent appearances on Capitol Hill, SEC Chairman Jay Clayton and DOL Secretary Alexander Acosta pledged to work together on a fiduciary rule applying to stockbrokers … Continue reading

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The Investor Revolution: A “Best Interests” Checklist for Investors and Fiduciaries

The DOL recently announced that it will not seek to delay the effective date of the department’s new fiduciary law. Beginning June 9, 2017, anyone providing advice to pension plans and plan participants will be deemed to be a fiduciary, … Continue reading

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RIA Liability for Use of Third-Party Advertising

Recently I have made some comments on social media in connection with some posts made by American Funds with regard to the performance of some of their funds. As a securities/ERISA attorney, RIA compliance consultant and former compliance manager, the … Continue reading

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Fiduciary Standard vs. Suitability Standard: The “Gotcha” That Won’t Go Away

There is currently a lot of speculation on how and if the new Trump administration will attempt to undo the DOL’s new fiduciary rule. Opinions range from an attempt to delay the effective date of the new rule to a … Continue reading

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2017: Brave New World

2016 will be remembered by most financial advisers as the year of the fiduciary standard, the year everything changed forever. Some would challenge this statement, claiming that the Trump administration will make sure the DOL’s new fiduciary rule is reversed. … Continue reading

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The Fiduciary Standard is Dead? Long Live the Fiduciary Standard!

A lot of people have asked me about the impact of the recent election on the future of the fiduciary standard. My answer is always in two parts – one based on existing legal precedent, the other on the DOL’s … Continue reading

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