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- Scope of the Fiduciary Duty Owed by Investment Advisors A fiduciary obligation goes beyond the suitability standard typically owed by registered representatives of broker-dealer firms to clients. The relationship is built on the premise that the advisor will always do the right thing for the person or entity receiving advice.
- Client Communication and Miscommunication RIA policies and procedures must specify what type of communications should be retained. The safest course of action is for RIAs to retain all communicationsto clients, from clients, and about client accounts. To comply with fiduciary obligations, communications must be thorough and not mislead.
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.