Happy Friday, readers! This week brought another interesting development in the ongoing saga that is the implementation of the Department of Labor’s strict new fiduciary rule, in the form of a statement issued by new SEC Chair Jay Clayton. The messaging seems to indicate that DOL and SEC remain interested in improving protections for retail and retirement investors—despite the Trump administration’s anti-regulatory rhetoric. Find our full coverage and helpful context below.
DOL’s authority to regulate the financial services industry is separate from the authority conferred on the SEC, FINRA and state insurance, and other, regulators. Notwithstanding the potential conflicts and overlaps, the courts appear to believe that the DOL and other regulators can co-exist and effectively regulate together.
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The latest decision out of the Fifth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals throws a dramatic new element of confusion into the epic regulatory saga that has been the rollout of the Department of Labor fiduciary rule.
Health savings accounts are often described as the 401(k) of health care—so it is only natural that retirement specialist advisers can play an important role in educating the public about these important savings vehicles; survey data shows more education and advice is desperately needed.