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Despite a pumped economy, Trump’s approval remains low

Leadership style is a big factor in rallying unity to attain policy goals.


Finra should fix budget shortfall by tackling expenses

The agency must adjust to the shrinking number of B-Ds.


Supreme Court review will bolster fairness of SEC’s in-house judges

Those challenging the constitutionality of administrative law judges argue their increased powers mean they should be appointed, not hired.


Amid seller’s market for RIAs, firms must prep for potential sale

Valuations of RIAs will continue to entail more art than science.


Tax overhaul gift may turn into lump of coal sooner than later

Any positive effects are unlikely to last, and will contribute to greater budget deficits over the next 10 years.


Cryptocurrency frenzy poses a challenge to advisers

Be sure to have a solid, informed case for your viewpoint on bitcoin.


Congress’ work on tax reform barely gets a passing grade

Reform proposals should not be drafted behind closed doors


Finra needs to get serious about its pledge to protect investors

This is not the first time the regulator has been called out on the makeup of its board.


Smart money says temper expectations of stock returns

Gains are unlikely to top 5% annually, according to the Yale Endowment's David Swensen.


Exiting broker protocol may not be good move for industry

Firms will be able to make it more difficult for advisers to leave, but as clients get wise to the idea they are regarded as property, that could trigger a whole new, set of problems for brokerage industry.


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