September 8, 2004
I strongly urge the SEC to resind vs. modify this rule. Many of the major brokerage houses are marketing their services as financial planning.
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It is clear that these firms are marketing their services as financial planning. To exempt them from responsibility as fiducicaries makes a mockery of the SECs committment to protect the public interest. Does the SEC believe the public will understand the difference between the financial planners who are fiduciaries and those who are not? I guess it is Buyer Beware becasue the SEC is looking the other way if this proposal is not recinded.