Originally published on ThinkAdvisor.com, December 31, 2013 By Knut Rostad As the year comes to a close, the issue of trust has exploded onto the national screen. The meaning and impact of ObamaCare—and how it was promoted by the president—has, for many, become an issue of trust. Advisors should take note. Our own issue […]
Originally published on ThinkAdvisor.com, December 10, 2013 By Knut A. Rostad Today is the 1,640th day since the Obama Administration recommended that broker investment advice be fiduciary advice. Advisors can be forgiven for feeling worn out by the incessant fiduciary talk and looking for a moratorium on anything fiduciary related. Before doing so, however, […]
By Knut A. Rostad Researchers Karlyn Bowman and Andrew Rugg at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI*) have published an important paper that delves into the nature of Americans’ distrust of Wall Street. “Five Years After the Crash: What Americans Think about Wall Street, Banks, Business and Free Enterprise,” also illustrates that Americans clearly distinguish “Wall […]
By Knut A. Rostad In honor of Fiduciary September, the Institute for the Fiduciary Standard has published a white paper that discusses the Six Core Fiduciary Duties identified by the Institute as embodying the major elements of fiduciary responsibility under the Advisers Act of 1940. The Six Core Fiduciary Duties reflect principles that have served society for […]
By Knut Rostad Saturday’s column by Jason Zweig may be the official start of the battle in Washington between the Department of Labor (DOL) and the brokerage industry regarding an anticipated DOL rule to modernize ERISA to, as Zweig points out, ensure brokers act “solely for the benefit of their clients when advising on individual […]
The Dodd-Frank law requires that a uniform fiduciary standard be in the “best interests” of the client “without regard” to the financial interests of the broker or the firm.