SRO Bill Introduced In The House Will Likely Fail In The Senate

 
But that’s where it all could come to a halt. The reality is that we don’t know the designation for the next SRO. We assume that one of them will be FINRA. Whether there is one or multiple so-called national investment advisor associations (or SROs) is yet to be decided on. But this particular legislative process is important because it will transform the industry.
 
The Senate may not take the baton from the House but if an SRO is not established this year, it likely will be next. Pushing the decision into 2013 would take some of the political pressure out of the process. Proponents of the bill say that establishing an SRO would strengthen the SEC’s watchdog capabilities. Opponents say added regulation by an entity not well-versed in the principles of fiduciary duty will only add costs with few benefits.
 
Either scenario, however, offers time for advisors on both sides of the issue to make their views known. This could influence the way representatives vote and impact the effect the bill has on the industry.

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