Headless financial watchdogs needn’t be toothless

December 8, 2011

Senate Republicans blocked another Obama nominee to lead a key agency, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Politics is making it tough to solidify leadership at a handful of top regulators. But as the FDIC is proving, acting directors can still get things done.

Watchdogs coming up short on ETF risks

April 26, 2012

It’s heartening to see Finra going after brokers for mis-selling complicated variants of exchange-traded funds. But investors need more protection earlier on in the process. That means ensuring potential buyers are well-informed of the risks and the fees before they jump in.