Many of you have been hearing or reading in the news the discussion on what is referred to as the “Fiduciary Rule.” A version of the Fiduciary Rule was originally proposed in 2010 by the Department of Labor (DOL), then quickly withdrawn amid great protest in the financial industry. Essentially, the concept is and was to overhaul ERISA (Employee Retirement Income Security Act)—originally enacted in 1974 to regulate the quality of financial advice surrounding retirement. In 2015, President Obama ... [Continue Reading]
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As company-sponsored pension plans are replaced with self-managed 401(k) plans and IRA accounts, American families are increasingly becoming more responsible for the management of their retirement funds. While this shift has allowed for greater freedom and choice, it has also exposed investors to product salesmen who may not have the client’s best interest at heart. The Department of Labor fiduciary rule, announced earlier this year, aims to end this abuse, which the White House Council of ... [Continue Reading]
The final ruling from the Department of Labor (DOL) on the long awaited regulations requiring advisors to act as "fiduciaries" was announced last week. The ruling basically elevates the responsibilities of all financial professionals to put clients' interests first and to increase disclosures to better ensure investors are getting appropriate, unbiased, and trusted advice.The document itself is quite long and complex - 1,200 pages. While it will take time to fully digest, we do already know ... [Continue Reading]