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Solving the Unethical Advisor Dilemma: Higher Standards for Education Credentials Needed

Posted: July 17, 2018 By : Knowledge Bureau Staff Writers
Posted in: Strategic Thinking, Distinguished Practices, education, Financial Advisor, compliance, knowledge bureau, Evelyn Jacks, Canadian Securities Administrators, tax courses, tax education, poll, CSA, Know Your Client, regulation, KYC, Know Your Product, KYP, education credentials, credentials for financial advisors, Rel Wealth Management, Distinguished advisor Conference Business Builder Retreat

The debate is on for our July poll, with respondents split down the middle on whether or not more regulation is required to protect consumers from unethical tax and financial advisors. Many commenters agree that unscrupulous practices are an issue, but what’s the answer? Some believe the solution lies in higher educational standards. Share your thoughts!

To date, 164 votes have led to a percentage split of 55.49 (91 votes) to 44.51 (73 votes), with more answers rejecting the idea of increased regulation. An interesting turn of events considering the recent Canadian Securities Administrators’ (CSA) unveiling of their proposed reformed guidelines for embedded commissions, as well as for the Know Your Client (KYC) and Know Your Product (KYP) protocols.

Here’s what our readers have said so far:

Liz Swark offers a better solution: “Not more regulation, but more education in these matters would help.”

James Finlay agrees: “It’s not regulation that we require but a professional body of tax preparers recognized by the federal government. There is probably more than enough people who have taken tax courses (like those offered by KB) to form such a professional association.”

Karl Hillyard encourages harsher consequences: “In a word, no. Yes, there are bad characters out there. However, more regulation doesn’t stop them and just makes life harder for the honest advisors AND their clients. Here’s a novel thought: throw the book at people who have abused their position of trust.”

Do you agree that higher standards for education and credentials could be a valuable solution to the unethical advisor dilemma? The poll will be open until Knowledge Bureau returns from summer vacation on Tuesday August 7. Give it some thought and tell us what you think!

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