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U.S. News & World Report: When Salespeople Call Themselves Advisors

Jim Lardner of Americans for Financial Reform discusses the challenges investors face when working with advisors who do not have investors’ best interests in mind, often recommending investments that will generate more money for themselves.

Excerpt: Saving for retirement is extra-hard these days, and not just because wages are low and millions of Americans are still struggling to make up for ground lost after the 2008 financial crisis. All too often, the difficulty is compounded by gaps in the rules for the financial professionals who provide retirement-planning advice.

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Uniform Fiduciary Standard For Providing Investment Advice is Needed to Protect Investors From Harm

Members of the Financial Planning Coalition, with other “Friends of Fiduciary,” renewed their call for the  SEC to move forward with rulemaking on the uniform fiduciary standard in a joint letter to the five SEC commissioners, providing evidence from academic research, market analysis, and observation of industry practices to illustrate the harm to investors that results from the lack of a fiduciary standard.

Washington, D.C.– Documenting the harm to investors resulting from gaps in the rules governing investment advice, investor advocates and industry representatives  are renewing their call for the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to better protect investors by establishing a uniform fiduciary standard of conduct consistent with Section 913 of the Dodd-Frank Act.

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MarketWatch: Is your adviser working in your best interests?

Lisa Hay, CPA, president and founder of Ascend Financial, LLC, shares the benefits of fiduciary financial advice and the most accurate way to tell if the adviser you are considering is acting in your best interest.

Excerpt: Many consumers are beginning to realize the benefit of fee-only fiduciary financial advice, but they don’t know how to tell if the adviser they are considering is actually fee-only. If you are smart enough to realize that working with a fiduciary is very important, and that how your adviser is compensated matters, read on.

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U.S. News & World Report: 4 Ways to Tell If Your Financial Advisor Is Scamming You

Trent Hamm, founder of TheSimpleDollar.com, shares simple steps to distinguish advisers who make your best interest a priority when it comes to planning your financial future.

Excerpt: Most financial advisors provide solid money advice that will help you achieve your goals. They sincerely want you to succeed, make genuine efforts to understand your financial situation and do their best to devise an investing plan for you.

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The Scholarly Financial Planner: Observations: Transforming the Firm from a Sales Culture to a Fiduciary Culture

Ron Rhoades of The Scholarly Financial Planner discusses the signs of an implemented fiduciary culture throughout a firm.

Excerpt: Twice a semester I take a group of students in a 15-passenger van on visits to local financial services firms. My financial planning program (undergraduate) students benefit from exposure to different practice models, learn about “day-in-the-life” of a financial advisor, and some even make connections leading to future internships or jobs. They obtain a real picture of the environments they may join, and upon their return most become more committed to their studies and to joining this emerging profession.

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Financial Planning Coalition to President Obama: Make Investor Protection a Priority in 2014 “Year of Action,”

In advance of the State of the Union address, the Financial Planning Coalition urges the President to make investor protection part of his agenda.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – As President Obama prepares to deliver the State of the Union address, the Financial Planning Coalition – comprising Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, Inc. (CFP Board), the Financial Planning Association® (FPA®), and the National Association of Personal Financial Advisors (NAPFA) – urges the President to fulfill the promise of the 2010 Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act by making investor protection part of his “year of action for the American people”:

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