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Senator Dodd on Fiduciary Duty: Can He Withstand the Lobbyists?

After Senator Christopher Dodd’s surprise announcement last week declaring he would not seek reelection, many have begun to wonder about the policy ramifications this development will have on the remainder of his term in office. Financial reform is one such area of policy reform that the senator is tackling with much speculation over his resolve […]

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Proposed Financial Reform Endangered by "Hat Switching" Provision

The investment adviser world is frenzied over a provision included in the financial services reform legislation recently approved by the House of Representatives. The so-called, “hat switching,” provision is one sentence long and buried within the expansive legislation. The provision, part of H.R. 4173, reads as follows: “Nothing in this section shall require a broker […]

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Senate Banking Committee Releases Discussion Draft on Financial Reform Legislation

The Senate Banking Committee has released a discussion draft of proposed financial reform legislation (see Investor Protection Act) titled, “Restoring American Financial Stability Act of 2009.” The discussion draft varies from the version recently approved House Financial Services Committee in one key respect: it is better for investors. The Senate version provides wide-ranging protections for […]

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Brokers and Their Fiduciary Duty

Investment advisers and consumer advocates have applauded President Obama’s proposal to establish a fiduciary duty for broker-dealers offering investment advice. “We think it’s great,” said Diahann Lassus, chairwoman of the National Association of Personal Financial Advisors in Arlington Heights, Ill. “There should be a fiduciary standard for all advisers.” Richard Salmen, president of the Denver-based […]

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