What the SEC says and thinks it wants from a new and universal fiduciary standard for the retail investment community and what will most likely materialize once the lengthy and politically charged sausage-making process finally concludes figures to be a much different story.

That was the general consensus from a panel of academics, attorneys and regulators gathered at the New York Law School today to address the challenges and opportunities that will likely follow the SEC's recent mandate to create and enforce a uniform fiduciary standard for broker-dealers and financial advisors.

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