On March 1st, the SEC requested data and other information to assist in its consideration of whether to make new rules about the standards of conduct and regulatory obligations for broker-dealers and investment advisers. The SEC seeks information about the benefits and costs of the current standards of conduct for broker-dealers and investment advisers when providing advice to retail customers, as well as alternative approaches to the standards of conduct. While the SEC is particularly interested in receiving empirical and quantitative data and other information, all interested parties are encouraged to submit comments, including qualitative and descriptive analysis of the benefits and costs of potential approaches and guidance. Comments should be submitted on or before July 5, 2013. SEC Press Release; SEC Release No. 34-69013.