Plain Talking: Gobbledygook Costs Money and Risks Lives

BY CONOR POPE, THE IRISH TIMES — Needlessly complicated communication from pharmaceutical companies and medical professionals could be putting patients’ lives at risk, a conference on plain language taking place in Dublin has been told. The 10th International Plain Conference, which promotes clearer language among businesses and state organisations, heard that communication in the health sector was frequently a matter of life and death – and fear of litigation rather an attempt to communicate Read more […]

Grading the use of plain English in firms’ disclosures of SEC disciplinary actions

BY CARL AYERS — IA Week, a publication of IA Watch It’s up to you to decide whether a disciplinary action is material enough to alert your clients (IA Watch, June 6, 2011). Following a widespread enforcement settlement with numerous advisers last September for short sale violations (IA Watch, Sept. 23, 2013), the advisers moved almost immediately to revise their Form ADVs. Some were more accomplished in their disclosures than others, according to Deborah Bosley of the Plain Language Group Read more […]