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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.

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.