Fiduciary Rule Announced, Challenges Expected

The Department of Labor has published its long-awaited fiduciary rule

Labor Secretary Thomas Perez said,

With the finalization of this rule, we are putting in place a fundamental principle of consumer protection into the American retirement landscape: A consumer’s best interest must now come before an adviser’s financial interest. This is a huge win for the middle class…Today’s rule ensures that putting clients first is no longer a marketing slogan. It’s the law.

Ted Knutson writes:

Final may not be final for the Labor Department’s fiduciary rule for pension plan advisors both proponents and opponents of the best interest standard are warning.

While praising the standard for promising to save workers billions, Labor Secretary Tom Perez and Consumer Financial Protection Bureau founder Senator Elizabeth Warren are cautioning the rule could still face withering assaults in the courts and Congress by Wall Street financial firms and their Republican promoters in the House and the Senate.

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