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If regulators can't tell the cultural differences between wirehouses and independent RIAs, Bob Veres has put together a few survey questions they can use.
Did you read the most recent SEC funding memo to Congress? Bob Veres did -- and if he had the ear of Mary Jo White, here's what he'd say to her.
Here's what the brokerage industry's disinformation-mongers might be telling senior brokerage executives.
Investors have gotten more desperate in their pursuit of yield, reaching for ever-dicier products. What could possibly go wrong?
Advisors need to face a hard truth: Independent RIAs have lost this round. Fortunately, there are other, better ways to set yourself apart.
Want to insulate your firm from future crises? A few moves look sure to offer a payoff whether equities soar, plunge or just muddle along.
In which the author takes a pair of popular assessments and finds heís not as daring as he thought he was.
A set of mid-1990s recommendations aimed to reform Wall Street's culture. They didn't, however -- and the real losers were investors.
Planners are facing another competitive attack. Previous threats made the profession stronger - will that happen this time?
A growing band of advisors is charging their clients purely for advice. Here's why you should be paying attention.
High-speed trading isnít such a big problem for investors - but the underlying structure of the U.S. financial markets just might be.
Independent planners can not win a battle against Wall Street unless they find a way to defeat well-funded lobbyists in the industry.
Heavily discounted, online rivals are challenging the planning profession's right to exist. Here's how to fight back.
Broker-dealers have managed to control the terms of the regulatory debate. Advisors: It's time to watch your language.
Which group of advisors is truly subject to stricter oversight? FINRA may not be telling the whole story.
Some of your underlying assumptions may be totally wrong. Here are a few fresh ideas to consider.
A new batch of nontraded REITs look eerily like disastrous limited partnerships of the late 1980s and early 1990s.
As firms grow, metrics become increasingly important in gauging performance. But some things don't show up in the numbers.
In which we make a few modest requests for the health of the profession as well as the financial services industry.
The claim that imposing a fiduciary duty on advisors will cause middle-income individuals to lose access to financial help is, quite simply, not believable.