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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Though retirement plans can allow individuals to self-certify that they qualify for a penalty-free coronavirus-related distribution, should the IRS discover otherwise during a future audit, a participant can be subject to substantial penalties.
The ‘carve-out’ acquisition brings CAPTRUST’s assets under advisement to $400 billion and represents the continuation of an important retirement plan industry trend involving large, diversified financial services firms.