Financial Planning Coalition Delivers 5,000 Signatures In Favor Of Universal Fiduciary Standard

Thursday, June 23, 2011 23:58
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Financial Planning Coalition Delivers 5,000 Signatures In Favor Of Universal Fiduciary Standard

Tags: fiduciaries | sec

The financial planning community is still lobbying to get the SEC to formally extend fiduciary status to all advisory personnel who make retail-level investment recommendations of any sort.

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The latest salvo from the Financial Planning Coalition -- NAPFA, the FPA, and the CFP Board -- was a petition to Mary Schapiro signed by 5,200 planners asking her to confirm the SEC's earlier recommendation to universalize the fiduciary code to all advisors.

 

It's a short, simple statement that puts retail investors first, as fiduciaries should in any event.

 

And it doesn't distinguish among compensation models.

 

As it points out, advisors have the freedom to operate under different rules, but because clients have a hard time telling the difference, it makes sense to simply force all advisors to work for the client regardless of model.

 

There's a list of signers at the end of the PDF file that the Coalition has published. What's interesting is that out of the 75,000 planners the Coalition reportedly represents, barely 6% signed.

 

Does the fiduciary standard matter so little to them? Or were they just not informed that the petition existed in time to sign?

 

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bramsay
There was no shortage of communication, I got many many emails from the FPA to sign. I'm encouraged that only 6% did, perhaps most understand that as Frazier said: "A cat can have kittens in the oven but that don't make 'em biscuits"

We cannot waive our hands and and make an inherently conflicted compensation model operate to a fiduciary standard. Giving Wall Street and insurance companies the cover of claiming to operate under a fiduciary standard would merely allow them to continue to do what they have been doing since granted the exception in 1940- operating in their own interest while telling their customers they're acting in the customers' interest.
bramsay , June 24, 2011

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