Personal Finance Advice and Commentary

Wednesday, September 24, 2014 4:19 pm
By Sheyna Steiner · Bankrate.com

As the year winds down, consumers should tune into the debate over the fiduciary standard. The SEC may decide to move forward with the rule — or drop it.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014 2:00 pm
By Sheyna Steiner · Bankrate.com

A rule that could protect investors has been delayed until 2015. The proposal from the DOL would expand the fiduciary standard to more retirement plan advisers.

Wednesday, December 04, 2013 5:29 pm
By Sheyna Steiner · Bankrate.com

A rule on a fiduciary standard for broker dealers is on hold but still alive.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013 11:03 am
By Sheyna Steiner · Bankrate.com

The House of Representatives harms investors by passing a bill that purports to protect them.

Wednesday, July 31, 2013 12:38 pm
By Sheyna Steiner · Bankrate.com

The SEC is close to formulating a rule on equity crowd funding.

Friday, June 21, 2013 1:10 pm
By Sheyna Steiner · Bankrate.com

A bill came out that purports to protect investors but actually does just the opposite.

Thursday, February 28, 2013 5:54 pm
By Sheyna Steiner · Bankrate.com

A study this week shows 29 percent of investors think advice is free, and 31 percent aren’t sure how their adviser is paid.

Friday, February 03, 2012 8:00 am
By Sheyna Steiner · Bankrate.com

In mid-January, the SEC requested comments from the public on financial literacy and investor disclosure issues. The Dodd-Frank Act mandated that the SEC conduct this study to identify investors’ levels of financial literacy and come up with ways of improving disclosure materials pertaining to investment products, services and providers. They also must identify the most

Friday, June 24, 2011 9:30 am
By Sheyna Steiner · Bankrate.com

On Thursday, the SEC received a petition signed by thousands of financial planners, members of the Financial Planners Coalition, urging them to apply a uniform fiduciary standard to anyone providing personal investment advice. You may perhaps recall that the SEC was empowered by the Dodd-Frank Act to study the issue last year. They found that

Friday, April 01, 2011 11:54 am
By Sheyna Steiner · Bankrate.com

The Securities and Exchange Commission has delayed establishing rules that would impel broker-dealers — and other investment advice-givers — to labor under a fiduciary standard instead of the suitability standard to which they are currently held. Mark Schoeff Jr., writing for Investmentnews.com, reported on Monday that the SEC may move toward rule-making later in the

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