Massachusetts Secretary of the Commonwealth William Galvin to SEC: Go back to the drawing Board on conduct standard proposals.
The Commission has shaped its “best interest” regulation to preserve the traditional broker-dealer advice model, with investor protection taking a back seat. The Proposals present the veneer of a fiduciary standard without providing the substance needed to protect retail investors.
In a comment letter to the SEC, The Secretary writes, “It is evident that the Commission has abandoned a Fiduciary standard in the name of ‘choice.'”