“Annuities Soar After Rule’s Demise,” The Wall Street Journal, October 29, 2018 B1. More annuities sold after failure to pass rule about disclosure of conflicts by investment advisers.
If you don’t institute controls on behavior, what will enterprising (sales)people do? What’s it worth to you to know whether the person advising you is getting a large commission? Would that information influence your financial decisions? Do investors need to be protected from salespeople offering “free” meals? And if investors either (a) are or (b) are not so protected, what are the consequences on the other decisions those investors make in their lives? Do we rely on the government to protect us from our dumb decisions?
Caveat emptor? Is this an Information post or a Governance post?