US agency wants brokers held to higher standards

April 6, 2015 12:37 PM

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In September 2008, as the financial crisis emerged, a retirement account of Al and Karin Betz slumped in value to $130,000 from about $160,000.

"I got a cold call saying, 'Would you have some money to invest?'" Al Betz, 66, recalled. "I said, 'If you can do better, I'll give it a try.'"

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