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AFR Statement: Consumer Groups Criticize SEC Investor-Protection Proposal During Agency Roundtable in Baltimore
September 20, 2018 – 6:15 pm

The SEC’s proposed “Regulation Best Interest” is anything but, a plan for creating a veneer of investor protection that would fail to chase bad practices out of the industry that cost savers $40 billion per year. Many savers fall victim to brokers who steer them into investments that pay lucrative fees but don’t generate the best possible return for investors.

Letters to Regulators: AFR Education Fund submitted a letter to the SEC regarding proposed amendments to the Whistleblower Program rules
September 19, 2018 – 10:55 am

Americans for Financial Reform Education Fund sent a letter to the SEC regarding proposed amendments to the Commission’s Whistleblower Program rules. While we generally support a few of the proposed amendments, we are concerned that …

AFR in the News: Trump Asks SEC to Study Quarterly Earnings Requirements for Public Firms (NY Times)
August 20, 2018 – 4:20 pm

“’Quarterly disclosures are very important. A lot can happen in six months, and it’s just not appropriate to reduce disclosures,’ said Marcus Stanley, the policy director for Americans for Financial Reform, a coalition of foundations, unions and public interest groups that pushes for stronger financial regulation. ‘It’s just going to advantage insiders further.’”

AFR/CFA Memo: SEC Broker Standards Proposal Falls Far Short
August 7, 2018 – 11:26 am

Brokers too often steer investors into poorly performing, high-cost investments that are profitable for the broker, but bad for individual investors. The Securities and Exchange Commission has proposed a new regulation that purports to address the problem, but its remedy is too vague and too weak. By creating a veneer of protection, but not the reality, it would deliver a false sense of security that could leave investors worse off than they are now.

Joint Letter: SEC Broker Proposal Fails To Establish Strong Standard or Mitigate Conflicts
August 7, 2018 – 11:10 am

The rule’s most significant failing is that it does not establish a clear uniform best interest standard, one that is no less stringent than that found in the Investment Advisers’ Act, for all professionals who provide investment advice to retail clients. Instead, it adopts a weaker standard for broker-dealers that falls short of a true best interest standard and does not adequately address the conflicts of interest that too often are permitted to taint broker-dealers’ recommendations.

Joint Letter: Nominate Progressive Candidates to Financial Regulators
May 23, 2018 – 3:40 pm

The need for strong public interest nominees is even greater today. This Administration has been
filling key regulatory positions with people pursuing Wall Street’s agenda at the public’s expense,
and the revolving door is spinning faster than ever. There is an enormous amount at stake at both
the SEC and FDIC as the financial industry and their friends in the Trump administration work to
undo the progress made in Dodd-Frank and to undermine key investor protection standards.

Letters to Regulators: AFR opposed roll back of transparency disclosures to investors in SEC proposed rule “Investment Company Liquidity Disclosures.”
May 22, 2018 – 12:03 pm

AFR commented on the roll back of transparency disclosures to investors in the SEC proposed rule “Investment Company Liquidity Disclosures.”