SEC Broker-Conflict Rules Face Wary Dems, States, and AARP

On June 5th, the Securities and Exchange Commission approved a final regulation that governs the conduct of broker-dealers and their advisors. The name of the guidance is Regulation Best Interest, known as Reg BI. Reg BI won’t apply until June 30, 2020, roughly a year from now, but it is already generating a lot of…

Brunel’s Stewardship Policy

We recommend Brunel’s excellent stewardship policy as a model for institutional investors everywhere. Stewardship is defined as the job of taking care of something, such as a company or property. As investors, we use the term assets. Brunel is committed to responsible stewardship and seeks to contribute to the ‘care’ of all the assets under…

Judge Allows Shareholder Suit Against Wells Fargo Directors to Go Forward

A shareholder suit against the directors of Wells Fargo for negligence and complicity in the creation of millions of fake accounts for the fees has survived an effort at dismissal, raising the possibility of a very rare ruling of liability for board members. [Judge John Tigar] found the complaint properly laid out evidence showing executives…

The Finger-Pointing at the Finance Firm TIAA – The New York Times

TIAA’s image as a benevolent provider of investment advice is in question. Several legal filings — including a lawsuit by TIAA employees with money under the company’s management, and a whistle-blower complaint by a group of former workers — say it pushes customers into products that do not add value and may not be suitable…

SEC should follow the Labor Department’s fiduciary standard – MarketWatch

[F]or [SEC Chairman Jay] Clayton to truly fight for savers and uphold the principles from his speech, he should build upon last year’s Department of Labor fiduciary rule, rather than undermine it and start from scratch….Building from DOL’s rule should be music to Clayton’s ears under his sixth and seventh principles: “effective rulemaking does not…

Who Is Winning With the Fiduciary Rule? Wall Street – WSJ

Surprised? The brokerage business fiercely fought the new retirement advice rule. But so far for Wall Street, it has been a gift.The rule requires brokers to act in the best interests of retirement savers, rather than sell products that are merely suitable but could make brokers more money. Financial firms decried the restriction, which began…

U.S. Labor Secretary says fiduciary rule to take effect on June 9 | Reuters

Despite massive efforts to stop it, the Department of Labor’s fiduciary rule will go into effect June 9. When you read the report from Reuters below, please note that the “concerns it may make investment advice too costly” reference should be read as follows: “concerns that the diversion of fees, often undisclosed, made possible by…