DOL Delays Investment Advice Reg

New Administration orders implementation delay

More On Legal & Compliance

from The Advisor's Professional Library
  • Where Are We Headed? The ultimate compliance goal is to help ensure that everyone associated with an advisory firm acts ethically at all times.  Advisors and RIAs should do the right thing, even when regulators are not looking over their shoulders.
  • How to Avoid Sabotaging Your Compliance Exam There is much more to compliance examination survival than knowing all of the rules. It helps to understand why the rules were put in place—and to recognize that examiners are not the enemy.

The Department of Labor has delayed implementing its Investment Advice Regulation under a directive issued by the new Administration. The investment advice rule was originally proposed in 2008 and was scheduled to become effective on March 23, 2009.

DOL recently published its final reg under Section 408(b)(14) and 408(g) of ERISA, which addresses the provision of investment advice to participants in 401(k) plans and IRAs.

The notice of postponement reopens the comment period on the investment advice reg until March 6, 2009, according to the law firm Goodwin Procter in Boston, and delays the effective date until May 22, 2009. "It is expected that there could be significant changes made to the Investment Advice Regulation during this period," Goodwin Procter says in the firm's February 17 Financial Services Alert.

Reprints Discuss this story
This is where the comments go.