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Barry Ritholtz

Imagine: Brokers Who Work for Investors

People who offer investment advice to the public -- including stock brokers -- should have to put the client's interests first.
On your side.

On your side.

Photographer: Rizwan Tabassum/AFP/Getty Images

 In 2011, the Securities and Exchange Commission published a study, mandated by the Dodd-Frank Act, which concluded that all financial advisers and stock brokers should be placed under “a uniform fiduciary standard.” Basically this meant that brokers and advisers would have an obligation to put the interests of clients first and must disclose any conflicts of interest that might compromise that duty.

Wall Street was none too happy about this. The industry spent tens of millions of dollars lobbying to prevent this standard from becoming the law of the land. Indeed, of all the regulatory reforms that have come out of Dodd-Frank, nothing seems to displease the financial industry more than the proposed fiduciary rules.