The Securities and Exchange Commission voted to allow brokers to offer fee-based advisory accounts without being regulated as investment advisors. The new rule would allow brokers to continue offering fee-based accounts without coming under regulation as advisors, provided that they meet certain requirements. According to reports, clients in such accounts must be given explicit disclosure that they are brokerage accounts, not advisory accounts, and that the brokers' interests may not be the same as their clients' interests. Brokers also must offer clients information on whom to contact at the brokerage firm if they have questions on the differences between these accounts. The commission also ordered a 90-day study into whether any changes are required regarding how brokers and advisors are regulated.

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