Originally posted on FinancialPlanning.com by Carolyn McClanahan.
The SEC recently released a series of videos to educate consumers about the differences between brokers and investment advisors.
Each person’s worldview is a bubble shaped by experiences and relationships. When an organization tries to enlighten others, success depends heavily on whether they can pop their own bubble to better understand the worldview of the audience they are trying to help.
After watching these videos, I can sadly report that the SEC did not get out of their bubble.
The SEC recently finalized Regulation Best Interest, which waters down the fiduciary standard and will make it difficult for the public to determine if an advisor is a true fiduciary. Conversely, the commission touts their “Main Street investor engagement and education campaign,” intended to help the public understand all the mumbo-jumbo of the new rules and help them do a better job of selecting a financial professional. If the SEC really wants to protect investors, why don’t they just support a pure fiduciary standard?
Read the full article on FP.com.