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FINRA attacks Boston Consulting Group over SRO study

BCG sticks to its guns saying that the double-dip cost of SEC oversight makes any FINRA numbers moot

Friday, December 16, 2011 – 7:05 AM by Lisa Shidler
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Brian Hamburger: I think that number [from BCG] is a very conservative and kind number.

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Elmer Rich III

Elmer Rich III

December 16, 2011 — 8:51 PM

It would be interesting to look at case studies and the accounting of costs in other industries and SROs.

Stephen Winks

Stephen Winks

December 16, 2011 — 8:53 PM

Isn’t it interesting that when FINRA is held accountable for cost and effectiveness—they are quick to complain.

In the real world, free market, free enterprise system they may be awakening to the fact that the overhead they have created, its cost and effectiveness, may have lost its relevance by not actively supporting fiduciary standing over the past 70 years in the best interest of the consumer.

To anyone who has followed the debate over brokers having fiduciary responsibility, is there anyone who doesn’t see the brokerage industry as a mess created largely under the 70 year watch of FINRA and its predecessors.

FINRA executives themselves have said, if FINRA is not the SRO for advisors, FINRA looses its relevance. Is there anyone who thinks FINRA is effective or is concerned at all about cost as a federal bureaucracy? They just ask for more money right, unlimited budget, no responsibilities yet top of the market compensation, where the best interest of the industry prevails over that of the consumer. Isn’t this counter to the FINRA mandate? The Boston Consulting Group should dig deeper.

Perhaps we might be witnessing poetic justice, wouldn’t you say?

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