Who Is Winning With the Fiduciary Rule? Wall Street – WSJ

Surprised?

The brokerage business fiercely fought the new retirement advice rule. But so far for Wall Street, it has been a gift.The rule requires brokers to act in the best interests of retirement savers, rather than sell products that are merely suitable but could make brokers more money. Financial firms decried the restriction, which began to take effect in June, as limiting consumer choice while raising their compliance costs and potential liability.

But adherence is proving a positive. Firms are pushing customers toward accounts that charge an annual fee on their assets, rather than commissions which can violate the rule, and such fee-based accounts have long been more lucrative for the industry. In earnings calls, executives are citing the Department of Labor rule, known varyingly as the DOL or fiduciary rule, as a boon.

Source: Who Is Winning With the Fiduciary Rule? Wall Street – WSJ

One thought on “Who Is Winning With the Fiduciary Rule? Wall Street – WSJ

  1. Yes, seems a bit crazy. I’m on the investment committee of a nonprofit. We pay 1% to have our broker pick our index funds, instead of picking them ourselves. I haven’t been able to convince the other committee members that they don’t incur any liability by eliminating the middle man. ugh

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