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”:
Melanie Waddell of Think Advisor reports on the SEC’s examination priorities for 2014, including advisors who have never been examined.
Excerpt: The Securities and Exchange Commission today announced its examination priorities for 2014, which include advisors who have never been examined, including new private fund advisors; wrap fee programs; quantitative trading models; and payments by advisors and funds to entities that distribute mutual funds.
As for broker-dealers, the securities regulator says it will zero in on sales practices and fraud, issues related to the fixed income market, and trading issues, including compliance with the new market access rule.
John Taft of WSJ’s Wealth Adviser discusses fundamental reform issues that remain, particularly when it comes to the ethics and culture of the financial industry, including the fiduciary standard of care.
Excerpt: There are a lot of milestone dates used to mark the failure of the financial system. But the milestone that most affected my clients was the breaking of the buck of the Reserve Primary Fund, the largest money-market fund, on Sept. 16, 2008.