• Retirement Industry People Moves
      BPAS names employees to sales roles; Texan Wealth Management firm joins CAPTRUST; Voya Retirement announces regional VP hires; and more. The post Retirement Industry People Moves appeared first on PLANADVISER.... Read more »
    • Considering Auto Portability Rather Than Small Plan Cashouts
      Considering automatically rolling balances from one plan to another for participants who terminate employment with small balances plan sponsors are allowed to cashout, EBRI found additional accumulations over 40 years would be $1.5 trillion. The post Considering Auto Portability Rather Than Small Plan Cashouts appeared first on PLANADVISER.... Read more »
    • Fiduciary Benchmarks Launches Business Management Dashboard
      It is an open architecture platform where advisers can bring together all of their data and tools to manage client and prospect workflows. The post Fiduciary Benchmarks Launches Business Management Dashboard appeared first on PLANADVISER.... Read more »
    • Transamerica Fails to Get Self-Dealing Suit Dismissed
      Among other things, a federal judge found Transamerica Asset Management’s substitution of its sub-advisers is not a concrete, obvious explanation for the poor performance of the challenged funds. The post Transamerica Fails to Get Self-Dealing Suit Dismissed appeared first on PLANADVISER.... Read more »
    • Investment Product and Service Launches
      Ascensus partners with NextCapital for investment and fiduciary solutions, and Axioma releases Canadian risk model to suite of funds.  The post Investment Product and Service Launches appeared first on PLANADVISER.... Read more »

          fi360 Blog

        • 5 Ways to Modernize Your Next Recordkeeper RFP
          For many advisors, recordkeeper RFPs conjure up thoughts of endless amounts of documents, countless back-and-forth conversations with candidates, and immense amounts of effort and time. To help you form a better recordkeeper RFP process, here are five ways you can modernize your next RFP. For many advisors, recordkeeper RFPs conjure... Read more »
        • ICYMI - Aug. 2, 2019
          In Case You Missed It: Here is your roundup of recent news, webinars and information that made an impression on us.Fi360 is Accredited! The most exciting news we have shared since our last ICYMI blog post is the accreditation of Fi360 for the Accredited Investment Fiduciary® (AIF®) Designation by the... Read more »
        • Mario Giganti of Cornerstone Capital Advisors + Fi360
          Mario Giganti, president and senior advisor at Cornerstone Capital Advisors, talks about how he and his team use Fi360's tools and education to help their clients understand and build a prudent fiduciary process.“That’s where I believe Fi360 has been transformational. Its impact on other advisors and the fiduciary industry and... Read more »
        • ICYMI - June 28, 2019
          In Case You Missed It: Here is your roundup of recent news, webinars and information that made an impression on us.NEW Fi360 Webinars Are Live Since our last ICYMI blog post, we have hosted both the "Reg BI Cometh!" and "What Crayola Color of 3(16) Does Your Vendor Provide?". You can... Read more »
        • All Things Fiduciary
          Kathleen M. McBride, AIFA®, Founder, Fiduciarypath, LLC and CEFEX-certified analyst, talks about her journey from advisor to journalist to fiduciary ambassador. This article originally appeared in the 2019 Conference edition of Sage Magazine, an Fi360 publication.  My dad taught me about the meaning of fiduciary when I was about five... Read more »


        • A Proper Interpretation of the Investment Advisers Act's Fiduciary Standard
          To the reader.Following is my rather lengthy comment letter to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) regarding their 2018 proposed interpretation of the fiduciary standards arising under the Advisers Act. In this letter I provide a more complete exploration of the investment adviser's fiduciary duties, under state common law,... Read more »
        • Advisers Face Perils When Firms Tell Them to Ignore the DOL Fiduciary Rule
          As I've been touring the country and speaking with advisers, I'm astonished at the number of broker-dealer and dual registrant firms that have, apparently, told their own advisers to "not worry" about the U.S. Department of Labor's "Conflict of Interest" (Fiduciary) Rules (and the related prohibited transaction exemptions, such as... Read more »
        • 8 Thoughts and 4 Questions on the DOL Fiduciary Rule and Its Impacts
          As I write this on Tues., 6/13, the fourth day of adherence to the DOL's fiduciary rules (i.e., its "Conflict of Interest Rule" and related prohibited transaction class exemptions) has been completed. And the world of financial services continues to revolve.Over the past few weeks I've had a number of... Read more »
        • On June 9th Strict Fiduciary Obligations to Arise for Advisors to Most ERISA, IRA Accounts: Are You Ready?
          April 13, 2017, REVISED June 2, 2017THE ADOPTION OF THE DoL's "DEFINITION OF FIDUCIARY" AND "IMPARTIAL CONDUCT STANDARDS" - NOW EFFECTIVE JUNE 9, 2017 - WILL HAVE LARGER IMPACTS ON FINANCIAL SERVICES THAN MANY MIGHT IMAGINE.It was a somewhat surprising, and yet brilliant, move, the U.S. Department of Labor ("DoL")... Read more »
        • The DOL Fiduciary Rule: Simply Great for the U.S. Economy, American Corporations
          Dear U.S. Dept. of Labor Secretary Acosta:Two very important considerations relating to U.S. Business and the U.S. Economy are often overlooked in discussions about the DOL’s Conflict of Interest Rule:FIRST - The Rule Benefits American Business, via Minimization of the Risks of Plan Sponsors.Currently firms that sponsor ERISA-covered qualified retirement... Read more »

          SECLaw Blog

        • Fee Rate Advisory #1 for Fiscal Year 2020
          The Securities and Exchange Commission today announced that in fiscal year 2020 the fees that public companies and other issuers pay to register their securities with the Commission will be set at $129.80 per million dollars. Background The securities… Read the Full Press Release--- Looking for a securities lawyer for... Read more »
        • SEC Charges Broker-Dealer and CEO With Supervision Failures Related to Hedge Fund Valuation Scheme
          The Securities and Exchange Commission yesterday charged New York-based broker-dealer AOC Securities LLC, and its former chief executive officer, Ronaldo Gonzalez, with failing to supervise an AOC broker who provided inflated price quotes for certain…SEC Press Release--- Looking for a securities lawyer for litigation, arbitration or an SEC or FINRA... Read more »
        • SEC Clarifies Investment Advisers’ Proxy Voting Responsibilities and Application of Proxy Rules to Voting Advice
          The Securities and Exchange Commission today provided guidance to assist investment advisers in fulfilling their proxy voting responsibilities. The guidance discusses, among other matters, the ability of investment advisers to establish a variety of…SEC Press Release--- Looking for a securities lawyer for litigation, arbitration or an SEC or FINRA Investigation?,... Read more »
        • Cantor Fitzgerald and BMO Capital Charged for Improper Handling of ADRs
          Cantor Fitzgerald & Co. will pay more than $647,000 and broker BMO Capital Markets Corporation will pay over $3.9 million to settle charges of improper handling of "pre-released" American Depositary Receipts (ADRs). With today's actions, the SEC has charged 13 financial institutions in its ongoing investigation into abusive ADR pre-release... Read more »
        • Cetera Adds 1,000 Brokers
          According to Investment News, Cetera Financial Group is having a banner year in attracting new advisers to its platform, with recruits ranging in experience and production from sophisticated wealth managers to those relatively new to the financial advice industry.A network of six broker-dealers, Cetera said on Wednesday it has added... Read more »

            Schwab News

          • Schwab Advisor Services Announces Recipients of the 2018 IMPACT Awards®
            Dateline City: WASHINGTON BEST-IN-BUSINESS IMPACT AWARD™ - JMG Financial Group PACESETTER IMPACT AWARD™ - Rebalance, LLC TRAILBLAZER IMPACT AWARD™ - The Colony Group BEST-IN-RETIREMENT BUSINESS AWARD™ - Fiduciary Investment Advisors, LLC WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Schwab Advisor Services today announced the recipients of the 13th annual IMPACT Awards® for independent investment advisor firms.... Read more »
          • A Decade Since the Financial Crisis Began, Schwab’s Bernie Clark Champions the Rise of Independent, Fiduciary Advice
            Dateline City: WASHINGTON WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Speaking to more than 5,000 attendees at Schwab IMPACT®, the largest and longest-running event for independent advisors, Bernie Clark, executive vice president and head of Schwab Advisor Services™, pointed to the industry’s trajectory of growth over the past decade and underscored the critical importance of independent... Read more »
          • Momentum Continues in Advisors Moving to Independence
            Dateline City: SAN FRANCISCO Twenty percent year-over-year increase in new independent advisor firms Schwab announces keynote lineup for IMPACT® 2018 in Washington, D.C.; Janet Yellen and other prominent thinkers to address attendees one week before midterm elections SAN FRANCISCO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Schwab Advisor Services today released its analysis of U.S. Securities and... Read more »
          • Schwab Advisor Services™ Unveils Plans to Expand Digital Account Open Feature
            Dateline City: MIAMI BEACH, Fla. Industry’s leading custodian deepens integration with Orion Advisor Services Schwab’s advisor tech team competes in Ascent/FUSE 2018 marathon coding event MIAMI BEACH, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Today at the Orion Ascent conference, Schwab Advisor Services previewed its Digital Account Open tool, which will be in pilot for independent... Read more »
          • Schwab Advisor Services™ Recognizes Three Firms for Operational Excellence in Digital Tool Adoption and Operating Discipline
            Dateline City: SAN FRANCISCO Advisors report continued progress in integrating technology solutions at regional SOLUTIONS ® workshops SAN FRANCISCO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Advisors are realizing the benefits of technology and workflows within their firms according to a survey of approximately 2,000 attendees at Schwab Advisor Services’ annual SOLUTIONS® events. Through these one-day workshops... Read more »

            TD Ameritrade News

          • Inclusivity. A win-win-win.
            When you do work that matters, in a way that reveals your values, you’re sending a message to everyone around you. As we’ve seen over the past few years, the values of a firm and its leaders can no longer be a secret. Or separate. They are intertwined with the... Read more »
          • How much gas is left in the tank?
            Markets have staged an impressive uptrend since the March 2009 lows, with the S&P 500 Index up nearly 320% over that time frame. Skeptics have been calling the top since 2010, not long after the rally began. Recently, however, signposts are appearing that may indicate changes on the horizon. Every... Read more »
          • Turbulent skies ahead for junk bonds
            Below investment grade corporate debt (“junk bonds”) can be an integral component of many portfolios’ composition and performance. They command a higher risk premium, as they are issued by companies that have uncertain financials, high debt levels, and/or poor earnings. As a result, their trading prices can be extremely volatile.... Read more »
          • Learn more about the SEC’s proposed advice standards
            Hard to believe it’s been more than 13 years since TD Waterhouse submitted a comment letter to the Securities and Exchange Commission expressing its concerns about the “Merrill Lynch Rule,” which allowed brokers to charge fees for brokerage accounts yet not answer to fiduciary obligations under the ‘40 Act. When... Read more »
          • Is King Dollar’s crown losing its luster?
            Over the last two years, we have seen major changes in the Federal Reserve’s monetary policy, unanticipated developments in U.S. fiscal policy reform and infrastructure plans, steady rises in U.S. Treasury yields, and tumultuous global geopolitical events. Yet these have largely been unable to sustain the 2013–2015 bull market in... Read more »

            Envestnet News

          • Envestnet | Tamarac Introduces Integration with RightCapital
            CHICAGO, Nov. 30, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Envestnet | Tamarac (www.tamaracinc.com) announced a new integration with RightCapital, Inc., a leading financial planning software platform for Registered Investment Advisors and independent broker-dealers. RIAs who use RightCapital to help their investor clients with financial and tax planning now will be able to pull... Read more »
          • Envestnet | Tamarac Launches a New Version of Its Comprehensive RIA Platform
            Upgraded Platform Combines its Award-Winning Portfolio Management, Client Portal and Rebalancing Capabilities into a Single Application CHICAGO, Nov. 14, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Envestnet | Tamarac announced today it has launched the Tamarac platform, a completely redesigned version of  its comprehensive portfolio and client management software solution for independent Registered Investment Advisors... Read more »