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- 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.
- Client Commission Practices and Soft Dollars RIAs should always evaluate whether the products and services they receive from broker-dealers are appropriate. The SEC suggested that an RIAs failure to stay within the scope of the Section 28(e) safe harbor may violate the advisors fiduciary duty to clients, so RIAs must evaluate their soft dollar relationships on a regular basis to ensure they are disclosed properly and that they do not negatively impact the best execution of clients transactions.
Brad Campbell, the former head of the Department of Labor’s (DOL) Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA), predicted Tuesday that the DOL won’t release its reproposed fiduciary rule until after the presidential election in November.
Campbell (left), who is now a lawyer with the law firm Drinker Biddle & Reath in Washington, said at the Insured Retirement Institute’s (IRI) government, legal and regulatory conference in Washington that Labor has not sent a rule proposal to the White House’s Office of Management and Budget (OMB) within the last six months, something he called “an unusual dry spell” for the department. Even if Labor sent its reproposal to the White House today, he said, it usually takes three months before an approval is issued.
If President Obama wins re-election, however, Campbell said DOL’s rule amending the definition of fiduciary under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA), will quickly appear at OMB. If Obama wins a second term, Campbell said, “we will see a renewed push for more aggressive regulation, with [DOL’s] fiduciary proposal being one aspect of that,” he said.