Pro-SRO Broker-Dealer Group Raises Member Dues To Lobby More Aggressively

Thursday, October 20, 2011 06:47
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Pro-SRO Broker-Dealer Group Raises Member Dues To Lobby More Aggressively

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The Financial Services Institute needs a lot more money to achieve its goals in Washington, and few of its independent broker-dealer members are coming forward with complaints.

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As of next year, the organization -- spearheaded by LPL -- will raise its lowest level of annual member fees by 50% to $1,500.

 

Bigger firms will pay up to five times the $20,000 a year they're paying now.

 

The group plans to use the money it raises to hire another four lobbyists and broaden its influence in Washington.

 

Its policy goals include moving RIA firms to FINRA supervision and softening efforts to impose a fiduciary model on broker reps.

 

They consider themselves as independent as fee-only advisors, but because they're already regulated by FINRA, they have nothing to lose if RIAs shift to a self-regulatory model.

 

Critics of the SRO don't really have that kind of voice in Washington. It would be nice if they did.

 

Otherwise, it's just not going to be a fair fight.

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rpatane
Scott, what ARE the FPA, NAPFA and the CFP saying these days about the prospects of FINRA as an SRO for advisors who aren't broker dealers? What are their lobbying efforts like? How can advisors help?
rpatane , October 22, 2011

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