DOL Planning a Big Change to the Fiduciary Rule
When trying to discern the next steps for big regulations like Reg BI and the Fiduciary Rule, the best place to look is the revolving door between top industry law firms and US regulatory offices. And that revolving door is sending very scary messages for advisors. Take for instance these comments from Joshua Lichtenstein, an ERISA and benefits partner at Ropes & Gray LLP's ERISA fiduciary practice: "There are a lot of career people at the DOL still working there and it's not clear to me that their views would have necessarily changed just because of the 5th Circuit's action … So I am expecting to see a pretty fulsome rewrite of the definition of who is a fiduciary”.
FINSUM: The bottom line here is simple. A lot of the same people that wrote and pushed the Obama era fiduciary rule are still at the DOL and are once again empowered under Biden. Why would anything change from their 2017 effort?
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