SASB Comment on DOL/EBSA ESG Rule

SASB’s comment emphasizes the financial impact of ESG disclosures. An excerpt, with the full comment below: Why, given the evidence of financial materiality found by SASB and numerous scholars, would ESG investing be singled out by DOL for a special rule, a special documentation requirement, and a “heightened” level of scrutiny? The DOL’s pejorative treatment…

Our Comment to DOL/EBSA on ESG

July 20, 2020 Assistant Secretary Preston Rutledge EBSA Department of Labor 200 Constitution Ave, NW, Ste S-2524 Washington DC 20210 RE: RIN 1210-AB95 NPRM: Financial Factors in Selecting Plan Investment Dear Assistant Secretary Rutledge, We have the strongest possible objections to the proposed rule on the appropriate consideration of ESG or any other non-traditional factors…

Jon Lukomnik Comment Letter to DOL/EBSA on ESG Rulemaking

Jon Lukomnik’s letter to DOL/EBSA about the proposed rule on ESG investing has been co-signed by distinguished academics and investment professionals, along with VEA’s Chair, Vice Chair, and President. Attention: Financial Factors in Selecting Plan Investment Proposed Regulation. To Whom It May Concern: We are writing in opposition to proposed rule RIN 1210-AB95. We believe…

DOL Proposal to Weaken Fiduciary Standards

Fact sheet from the Consumer Federation of America: On June 29th, the Trump Administration rolled out a new regulatory package for retirement investment advice that, if finalized, would allow brokers and insurers to siphon billions of dollars a year out of the retirement accounts of hard-working Americans, putting their ability to afford an independent and…

DOL Quietly Joins SEC’s Shareholder Voter Suppression Effort

Here is the latest from the DOL in intentionally bureaucratic gobbledygook: This deregulatory action would modernize fiduciary practices related to the voting rights associated with ERISA plan investments and harmonize those regulations with the requirements of other regulators. The goal of this proposal would be to protect the interests of participants and beneficiaries by: (1)…