Articles written by Guest Columnist Ron Rhoades


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The CFP Board's thunderbolt fiduciary play should proceed and likely will

The 'fiduciary at all times' approach is likely to be supported by the 77,000 CFPs themselves, if opposed by insurance lobbyists and their ilk

June 20, 2017 — 8:33 PM UTC

The short scoop on Wall Street's claim that the DOL rule is too long

The core of the Labor Dept's rule is 237 words; blame the prolix portion on exemptions accorded to complainers' interests

July 19, 2016 — 6:53 PM UTC

Part II: Tick, tick ... How FINRA tramples on 'settled' principles of the Supreme Court, and even Adam Smith, in its sanctification of two-hatted advice

The 'best interests' standard of the stock cop ignores classical arm's-length principles, of economics and the law, implicit to the entrusting of care to professionals by evoking wonders of bare-knuckles capitalism

February 1, 2016 — 8:13 PM UTC

Tick, tick, tick ... FINRA rewrites 'culture,' 'conflicts of interest' and 'ethics' into a farcical 'best interests' code after DOL drops a bomb on its suitability ethos

In its latest burst of bureaucratic creativity, the wirehouse cop acknowledges the scourge of Wall Street culture then quickly excuses the behavior it elicits

January 29, 2016 — 6:33 PM UTC

Why Wall Street's DOL killer threat -- that 'millions' of IRA investors will go unadvised under new rules -- is hogwash

Investors already have options and Wall Street's withdrawal, already in progress, can only improve investor outcomes

June 8, 2015 — 10:29 PM UTC

Why I disagree with Don Trone's characterization of Obama's fiduciary stance as 'punitive'

The essential component of fiduciary duty -- loyalty -- is what separates the advisor from the salesperson, according to fellow fiduciary advocate Ron Rhoades

February 27, 2015 — 12:06 AM UTC

Why RIAs (Republicans, too) need to snap out of willful ignorance about climate change to claim the mantle of wealth stewardship

Conscientious financial advisors must engage in real due diligence of original documents related to this subject

May 20, 2014 — 6:37 AM UTC

How the SEC has pulled a vanishing act, looking the other way while brokers with flimsy pretenses hold themselves out as trusted advisors

The federal keeper of the standards has stopped battling brokers from calling themselves 'wealth managers', advertising 'trust' or looking the other way on principal trades

December 17, 2013 — 8:05 PM UTC

Legal analysis: Why the Yale 401(k) letters, limits aside, should raise an alarm to plan sponsors

Ayres may not have it all letter perfect but his basic points have a legal basis

August 19, 2013 — 5:27 AM UTC

An X-ray of one affluent, educated and sophisticated investor's portfolio shows how it was chewed up by fees

Helping an ex-Fortune 500 retiree prepare for her appearance before Congress, the author waded through a mountain of paper only to discover that the woman was likely to outlive her portfolio

August 12, 2013 — 3:47 AM UTC

What the 8 pillars of a FINRA-replacing entity for RIA oversight look like and how personal accountability is key

First and foremost, the PRO would have as it members individuals (not firms) who are qualified to become members of the profession

July 28, 2013 — 4:11 PM UTC

FINRA's scandalous litany of failures and its efforts to redefine the true fiduciary standard out of existence

Our one-man think tank continues his scathing indictment of the SRO's disingenuous and downright fraudulent practices

July 17, 2013 — 3:10 AM UTC

The story of FINRA's implacable drift from its founding ideals to a pallid 'no-lying baseline'

In Part 2 of a four-part series, our one-man think tank narrates the back story of today's fiduciary standoff, getting to the root of the 'insidious conflicts' that made the terms 'broker' and 'trustee' oxymoronic

July 9, 2013 — 4:04 AM UTC

Why keeping FINRA from ruling RIAs is critical to these firms, the investor -- and even the U.S. economy

In Part 1 of a four-part series, our One Man Think Tank pulls back the lens to look at how the resolution of the fiduciary furor could reverberate nationwide

June 24, 2013 — 4:03 AM UTC

Before taking a self-imposed vow of silence, Ron Rhoades sounds off on the RIA industry and tells what's it's like to hit a professional wall

The outspoken NAPFA chairman-who-wasn't covers why the Bachus bill will rise again, the true fix for RIA exams and why the term 'fee-based' is inherently 'fraudulent'

August 27, 2012 — 3:33 AM UTC