DOL Releases New Fiduciary Rule


The Labor Department has revealed its long-awaited fiduciary rule, along with some novel implications for record-keepers, rollover and Pooled Employer Plans advice. Titled “Improving Investment Advice for Workers & Retirees“, the proposal offers a new prohibited transaction class exemption widely available for investment advice plan fiduciaries.

In an effort to show more of a principles-based approach, the proposal classifies retirement investors as plan participants and beneficiaries, IRA owners, and plan and IRA fiduciaries. The DOL states that under the new exemption, financial institutions and investment experts are able to receive a plethora of payments that would otherwise violate the prohibited transaction rules, like commissions, 12b-1 fees, trailing commissions, mark-ups, mark-downs, sales loads, and revenue sharing payments from third parties or investment providers.

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