Alert, Equifax Hack: Tell Your Clients to Do This

Credit agency Equifax announced yesterday that it suffered a data breach affecting 143 million U.S. consumers. The hack exposed names, Social Security numbers, addresses, birth dates, and driver’s license numbers—all critical pieces of information used by identity thieves to impersonate people and conduct fraud. This is probably the most consequential data breach in history, considering…

DOL’s Unintended Consequence

As broker-dealers adjust to the new Department of Labor fiduciary rule by instituting uniform commissions on a wide swath of investments, investors could be faced with higher prices on some investment products. LPL Financial, the nation’s largest independent broker-dealer, is instituting new uniform pricing rules for alternative investments such an nontraded real estate investment trusts…