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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 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.
The Department of Labor’s reproposed fiduciary rule will likely be released a “couple months after July,” Phyllis Borzi (left), assistant secretary for DOL’s Employee Benefits Security Administration, said during a Tuesday afternoon meeting with the ERISA Advisory Council.
After pulling the original draft of the rule to amend the definition of fiduciary under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) last year, Borzi and her team had said that a redraft would likely come in July.
A discussion draft was introduced in mid-May by Rep. Ann Wagner, R-Mo., that was intended to stymie efforts by the Securities and Exchange Commission and DOL to move forward in crafting their fiduciary rules, but industry officials said the draft, as currently written, would prove to be of little consequence.
In introducing the discussion draft at a late May hearing titled "Legislative Proposals to Relieve the Red Tape Burden on Investors and Job Creators," Wagner stressed that it was “a discussion draft,” and said that the measure was intended to address “one of the biggest issues facing retail investors today, the fiduciary issue. What we have is the SEC and DOL heading toward massive rulemakings, changing the way American investors choose investments—and not necessarily for the better.”