August 9, 2017
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Department of Labor (DOL) has proposed an 18-month delay of the January 1, 2018 applicability date of its fiduciary rule. Below is a comment from Dale Brown, FSI President & CEO:
“This proposed delay represents an important step in protecting Main Street Americans’ access to retirement planning advice, products and services. While the delay is significant, it is critical that the DOL uses the 18 months to coordinate with regulators, in particular the SEC, to simplify and streamline the rule.
We are already seeing the effects of the rule limiting investor choice and pushing retirement savings advice out of those who need it most. We stand ready to work with the DOL, SEC and others to put in place a best interest standard that protects investors, while not denying quality, affordable financial advice to hard-working Americans.”
About the Financial Services Institute (FSI): The Financial Services Institute (FSI) is the only organization advocating solely on behalf of independent financial advisors and independent financial services firms. Since 2004, through advocacy, education and public awareness, FSI has successfully promoted a more responsible regulatory environment for more than 100 independent financial services firm members and their 160,000+ affiliated financial advisors – which comprise over 60% of all producing registered representatives. We effect change through involvement in FINRA governance as well as constructive engagement in the regulatory and legislative processes, working to create a healthier regulatory environment for our members so they can provide affordable, objective advice to hard-working Main Street Americans. For more information, please visit financialservices.org.
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