Happy Friday PLANADVISER readers! It goes without saying that it has been a big week for the retirement plan advisory industry, with the long-awaited release of the Department of Labor’s final fiduciary rule coming Wednesday morning. The industry’s mostly positive reaction makes clear the serious compromises worked into the final rule language, compared with previous proposed versions from 2010 and 2015. Our weekend newsletter has all the information and analysis you need to get caught up on All Things Fiduciary.
Consumer groups were especially pleased with the final rule. Nancy Zirkin, executive vice president and director of policy at The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, said, “This common sense rule will ensure that when working Americans turn to financial professionals for help, they will get honest advice that’s in their best interest—not a self-serving sales pitch.”
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More than a few industry insiders and analysts have tipped their hats to DOL and Labor Secretary Perez for listening carefully to criticism and reshaping some of the most controversial elements of the new fiduciary rule.
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Each year PLANADVISER magazine recognizes the top quantitative standouts from our Retirement Plan Adviser Survey according to the dollar value of qualified plan AUA as well as the number of plans under advisement.
A look back at how Fidelity will charge new plan sponsor clients on its platform who choose Vanguard products makes visible the hard-nosed competition that defines the retirement plan recordkeeping and brokerage industries.
A survey of 1,000 Americans found 35.7% of respondents are going to use the money to pay down debt faster, 12.8% are going to use the money to save more for retirement, and 3.5% are going to use the money to invest in the stock market.