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Nevada fiduciary law raises concerns among retirement professionals, brokerage industry

September 18, 2017

A new Nevada law expanding the fiduciary responsibilities of certain financial professionals could have implications well beyond the border of the Silver State, supporters and critics agree — for significantly different reasons. Enacted in...

Broker-dealers and RIAs at loggerheads over fiduciary rule delay

September 15, 2017

Broker-dealers and registered investment advisers are very much at odds over any potential delay of the Department of Labor's fiduciary rule. Broker-dealers in a full-throated roar are supporting the Department of Labor's proposed 18-month delay...

SEC fines SunTrust for recommending higher-cost fund shares

September 14, 2017

The Securities and Exchange Commission has charged a unit of SunTrust Banks with improperly recommending more expensive share classes of various mutual funds when cheaper shares of the same funds were available, costing investors more than $1.1...

Provision of House spending bill would kill DOL fiduciary rule

September 13, 2017

The House is moving toward approval of a spending bill that contains a provision to kill the Labor Department's fiduciary rule, the latest attempt by congressional Republicans to use legislative means to stop the regulation. The House was set...

Meet the SEC nominees: One opposes the DOL fiduciary rule, one is a blank slate

September 12, 2017

One of the Trump administration's Securities and Exchange Commission nominees has doubts about the Labor Department's fiduciary rule and seems to favor disclosure as the best approach to investment advice standards. The other nominee is a blank...

DOL fiduciary rule has enforcement gaps — and they could widen

September 11, 2017

The Department of Labor's fiduciary rule, as it's currently written, has some enforcement gaps. And they could widen, especially for annuity products, depending on how the Trump administration's review of the rule shakes out. The primary enforcement...

Saying you are a fiduciary does not mean you are a fiduciary

September 11, 2017

Have you noticed the plethora of recent headlines of bad advisers cheating clients? In case you missed them, here are a few from just the last few weeks: • SEC says RIA stole $1 million from clients, using some of it to support gambling habit...

Our best tool against the DOL fiduciary rule is data

September 8, 2017

As an advocacy organization, one of our most powerful tools in the ongoing effort to oppose the onerous Department of Labor (DOL) fiduciary rule is to ensure that regulators, lawmakers and the public hear detailed, quantitative information on...

Congress likely to 'push down' the priority of killing DOL fiduciary rule

September 7, 2017

A main congressional opponent of the Department of Labor's fiduciary rule said Thursday that Capitol Hill's swelling political agenda will decrease the priority level of taking up legislation to kill the rule. "Right now, you've got a debt-ceiling...

Dalia Blass could tackle fiduciary standard as first order of business at SEC

September 6, 2017

Dalia Blass' first order of business as head of the Securities and Exchange Commission's Division of Investment Management could be to shape the agency's position on a fiduciary standard. "I'm going to be surprised if that's not the first order...

Battle lines form as SEC considers new fiduciary rule

September 6, 2017

The Securities and Exchange Commission should not blend investment-advice standards that apply to investment advisers and brokers, as the agency considers a new advice rule, the Investment Adviser Association said in a recent comment letter....

Sen. Elizabeth Warren urges DOL to implement fiduciary rule without delay

September 5, 2017

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) has sent a letter to Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta asking him to implement the fiduciary rule in full, and not press forward with a delay of its partial applicability from January 2018 to July 2019. A delay,...

The challenge of the longer lifespan

September 1, 2017

"Live long and prosper," Star Trek's Mr. Spock and his fellow Vulcans liked to say as a valedictory blessing. But for most people, living long will pose the greatest threat to their prosperity, cautions "We'll Live to 100 – How Can We Afford...

Trump administration targets class-action right in DOL fiduciary rule, but other legal avenues could remain for investors

August 31, 2017

Even before the Labor Department has finished its review of its fiduciary rule, the Trump administration has made clear that it is targeting a part of the measure that would make it easier for investors to pursue class-action lawsuits against...

DOL fiduciary rule: Agency says it will come up with new ways to comply during delay period

August 30, 2017

The Labor Department said Wednesday that it will propose new ways for financial advisers to comply with its fiduciary rule during its proposed 18-month delay in the implementation of the measure's second phase. The DOL said that the paused is...

DOL fiduciary rule: The 5 biggest things to watch for if BICE's class-action provision is killed

August 29, 2017

The Trump administration last week delivered a clear signal it aims to kill one of the most hotly contested parts of its fiduciary rule — the provision about class-action lawsuits. Beginning Jan. 1 — or July 2019 if the DOL delays that implementation...

OMB approves proposal for 18-month delay of DOL fiduciary rule's second phase

August 29, 2017

The Office of Management and Budget has approved a proposal to delay for 18 months implementation of the remaining provisions in the Labor Department's fiduciary rule. The OMB made its determination on Monday and posted the decision on its website...

Opponents of DOL fiduciary rule raise same concerns about CFP Board proposal

August 28, 2017

Opponents of the Labor Department fiduciary rule are leveling the same criticisms they made of that measure on a proposal to strengthen advice standards for certified financial planners, with one trade association asserting the changes could...

DOL fiduciary rule: Trump administration signals intent to kill class-action provision in BICE

August 25, 2017

The Trump administration has delivered what seems to be its clearest signal yet that it is seeking to remove the class-action-litigation provision from the Department of Labor's fiduciary rule. In an Aug. 23 letter to Minnesota district court...

DOL fiduciary rule driving fundamental shift in variable annuity market

August 24, 2017

The Department of Labor's fiduciary rule is shaking things up in the variable annuity market. While the regulation has accelerated the downward trend in overall variable annuity sales for the past several quarters, only recently has the rule's...

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