Payne Wealth Partners is against the Investment Adviser Act of 2012 – HR 4624. This bill will hurt small business owners who provide sound financial planning to consumers and who put their clients’ interests first. We believe that if enacted into law this bill would allow the foxes to rule the henhouse.
HR 4264 would strip adviser examination and oversight from the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), a government entity that has worked with registered fiduciary advisers for 70 years, and place them with a non-government organization called FINRA (Financial Industry Regulatory Authority), who oversees the Wall Street stockbrokers who in the past created products so confusing and with such outrageous commissions that consumers had little idea what they were being sold.
Payne Wealth Partners takes the Fiduciary duty to consider your interests first very seriously. The Fiduciary Standard is a funny term, but this is what it means: you get planning advice from your adviser that is in your best interest. Not so with Broker-Dealers. They can sell you a product that pays them a high commission with murky fees, and skip the product that doesn’t. That’s called a Suitability Standard. They are both legal terms. Hard to believe it – we can’t make this stuff up.
Where is the logic in allowing a big business organization with lower standards, like FINRA, to oversee the independent small business owners with higher standards like Payne Wealth Partners? Where is the logic in allowing for FINRA to obtain a stranglehold over advisers by charging huge annual registration fees and create a hornet’s nest of rules that would make sound advice by independent advisers nearly impossible to economically provide? It only makes sense if you want to limit transparency and accountability but expand conflicts of interest.
Here are a few more details:
- FINRA’s exorbitant operating expenses and bloated salaries make them more Wall Street than Main Street.
- FINRA’s mandatory membership fees will put some advisers who offer advice to middle-class savers out of business
- The burden of making small businesses pay mandatory fees to fund FINRA salaries is unconscionable.
- FINRA is not subject to Sunshine Laws and doesn’t have to hold open meetings.
- FINRA is not subject to the Freedom of Information Act, and is notoriously secret about their books and records.
- FINRA is an organization of Wall Street executives who oversee Wall Street brokers.
- FINRA has no experience working with advisers held to the high fiduciary standard.
- FINRA can act like a government authority without government accountability.
If you want to do something about it, you can voice your opposition to HR 4624 by clicking here. All you have to do in put in your zip code and you will be directed to your representative’s Congressional office.
It could be as simple as saying the following, or drawing from the bullet points above:
“As a constituent I would like to voice strong opposition to HR 4624. Small businesses will suffer or fail if their oversight is outsourced to a non-governmental organization like FINRA. Please stand for transparency and accountability. I am also disturbed that FINRA is not subject to Sunshine Laws or the Freedom of Information Act. Thank you for your time.”