Monday, September 19, 2011

DOL to Reconsider Fiduciary Rules

The Department of Labor announced that it would be re-proposing its rule on the definition of fiduciary due to requests from the public via Congress that the agency provide more input on the rule.

Anticipated changes include but are not limited to:

-Clarifying that fiduciary advice is limited to individualized advice directed to specific parties
-Addressing concerns about application of the rules to routine appraisals
-Clarifying limits of the rule's application to arm's length commercial transactions, such as swap transactions.
-Addressing the impact of the new regulation on current fee practices of advisors and brokers, and looking at exemptions permitting brokers to receive mutual fund, stock, and insurance commissions.

The full article, available through, can be seen here.

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