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SEC issues FAQs on investment advice rule

The agency published answers to four questions about Form CRS.


SEC proposes tougher sales rule for exchange-traded products

The agency, concerned about consumer protection, says clients need a baseline understanding of product risk.


Pete Buttigieg proposes a ‘public’ 401(k) program

The proposal is similar to others seeking to improve access to workplace retirement plans but would require an employer match.


DOL digital 401(k) rule not digital enough, industry says

Some stakeholders say the disclosure proposal is still paper-centric and should take into account newer technologies.


Five brokers lose Ohio National lawsuit over annuity commissions

Judge rules the brokers weren't beneficiaries of the selling agreement between the insurer and broker-dealers.


Bill would allow tax-free 401(k), IRA withdrawals to buy long-term care insurance

The measure, which would eliminate income tax and the 10% early withdrawal penalty, could boost the pool of Americans seeking private insurance.


There’s a ‘turf war’ coming in financial advice

Financial advisers may find it harder to compete as large firms encroach more on mass-affluent customers, says Fidelity's Michael Durbin.


Buffer annuities push variable annuity sales to three-year high in Q3

Buffer annuity sales are set to increase more than 50% in 2019 as a result of low interest rates and new product features.


Mutual fund conflicts pose issues for brokers under Reg BI

Revenue sharing is an opaque practice that may require additional attention from broker-dealers as the SEC rule takes effect, Morningstar warns.


Complaint claims Ohio National poses ‘danger’ due to its ‘illegal’ activity

Insurance agent Elisia Lattimer lodged a complaint with the Ohio insurance department, alleging the company engaged in an illegal practice of 'rebating' and executives tried to cover it up.

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