April 11, 2017What Will Ultimately Happen with the DOL Fiduciary Rule?
Originally planned to come into effect Monday, the Department of Labor's fiduciary rule has now been delayed until June 9 and by presidential instruction is now under review. Whether or not you agree with the rule, what do you think is the likelihood of survival?
It'll be killed completely.70% It'll survive but be watered down.17% It'll remain intact.
April 4, 2017Have Green Bonds Come of Age?
While some commentators believe policy decisions coming out of Washington, D.C. might not bode well for SRI and environmentally-friendly investment ideas, others think there's already a lot of momentum behind so-called "green bonds." Do you invest your clients in green bonds?
March 28, 2017How Important is Tax Reform to U.S. Growth Prospects?
After a Republican healthcare reform bill was pulled from Congress last week, both President Donald Trump and House Speaker Paul Ryan indicated the government will pivot towards concentrating on passing widespread tax reform. How important do you think tax reform is to domestic growth prospects over the next few years?
Important.26% Not important.
March 21, 2017Will the DOL Rule Make You Jump Ship?
Though the timing and long-term fate of the Department of Labor's Conflict of Interest Rule is uncertain, is the rule coloring your employment plans? Do you plan to sell your practice or join another firm as a direct result of the DOL rule?
March 14, 2017Is the DOL Rule Good or Bad?
In the past 40 days or so, the Department of Labor's fiduciary rule for retirement accounts -- originally set to take effect on April 10 -- has gone from maybe delayed to not delayed to definitely delayed until June. But let's not let timelines cloud the issue. Is the DOL rule worth keeping or not? Tell us why in the comments.
March 7, 2017Would You Use a Third-Party Robo?
Fidelity has joined the growing list of big-name providers offering robo platforms to financial advisors. Whether it be from UBS-backed SigFig, BlackRock's FutureAdvisor, Fidelity, or a smaller firm, would you use a third-party robo to help manage your client portfolios?
Yes.47% No.6% I already am.12% I can't. I'm stuck with what the home office gives me.
February 28, 2017Are You Feeling Fee Pressure Yet?
Asset management fees are declining as lower-cost passive investments take center stage. As a financial advisor, are you feeling pressure to lower fees in reaction? Tell us why or why not in the comments.
February 21, 2017Should the SEC Extend the Fiduciary Standard?
Is the increasingly likely demise of the DOL rule for retirement accounts an opportunity for the SEC to extend the fiduciary standard to all retail financial advice channels?
Gosh no, let it all just go away so we can get back to business.46% Yes, as the SEC was mandated to do so under Dodd-Frank anyway.
February 14, 2017Are Big Wirehouses Really Limited By Pay-to-Play?
As at least one top ex-banker believes, advisors who work for major brokerages have limited options in terms of filling true fiduciary roles for their clients. What do you think?
That's just total bunk. Conflicts of interest are managed best by honest, well-intentioned advisors.64% So true. Arguments against such a notion are pure P.R. by banks and major brokerages.
February 7, 2017Is Trump's Financial Regulation Rethink Good for Consumers?
Do you think the Trump administration's call for a reexamination of financial regulations – specifically Dodd-Frank and the fiduciary rule – is a step in the right direction for consumers? Tell us why or why not in the comments.
It's better for consumers.37% It's worse for consumers.