On June 29, 2017, the Department of Labor released a request for information, seeking public comments yet again on its new “investment advice” fiduciary definition and related exemptions which became applicable on June 9.
- This is the fifth request for public comments under the Administrative Procedure Act since DOL undertook this rulemaking in October 2010, and the second in the last four months.
- There could be a sixth iteration later this year, in connection with any proposed changes to the Final Rule and/or delay of the January 1, 2018, date for compliance with the full conditions of the Best Interest Contract Exemption, the Principal Transaction Exemption and PTE 84-24.
- In addition, on June 1, US Securities and Exchange Commission Chair Jay Clayton issued a statement requesting comments on the standard of conduct under the securities laws that should be applicable to investment advisers and broker-dealers serving retail investors, which includes retirement investors.
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