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The latest Wall Street revolution appears to be driven in large part by companies like Creative Planning, a registered investment adviser in a suburb of Kansas City that’s helping lead a shift away from brokers and mutual...more

Department of Labor Secretary Acosta Announces Partial Implementation of the Fiduciary Rule

On May 22, 2017, Department of Labor (DOL) Secretary Alexander Acosta announced in an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal that the DOL will not issue another delay of the “fiduciary rule,” set to become generally effective on...more

With the Tip of a Hat, a Fund Manager Can Be an ERISA Fiduciary

by Winstead PC on

It’s official. The Department of Labor’s final conflict of interest regulation became applicable on June 9, 2017. Despite the consternation leading up to the issuance of this rule and the expectations of many that the rule...more

The Department of Labor’s New Fiduciary Rule: Frequently Asked Questions for Private Fund Advisers

by Jackson Walker on

Core elements of the U.S. Department of Labor’s controversial new fiduciary investment advice rule (the “Fiduciary Rule”) became effective on June 9, 2017, despite President Trump’s February 3, 2017 memorandum ordering...more

Does A Political Yard Sign Really Violate Investment Advisers Act?

by Allen Matkins on

“Congress shall make no law . . . abridging the freedom of speech . . . .” Doug Cornelius recently published this post reporting that the SEC staff is taking the position that the pay-to-play rule, Rule 206(4)-5, applies...more

FINRA Requests Comment on Rules Governing Outside Business Activities and Private Securities Transactions

by K&L Gates LLP on

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”) recently issued a notice requesting comments on the effectiveness and efficiency of its Rules 3270 (Outside Business Activities of Registered Persons) and 3280 (Private...more

Finally in Play: A Refresher on the Fiduciary Rule for Plan Sponsors

by Akerman LLP - HR Defense on

On the heels of Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta’s announcement that the Department of Labor’s oft-delayed “Fiduciary Rule” would finally take effect on June 9th, Congressmen introduced new legislation on June 8th to overturn...more

The DOL’s Fiduciary Rule Takes Effect Without Further Delay

The Secretary of Labor, John Acosta, announced recently that no further delays will apply to the Department of Labor’s new Fiduciary Rule on investment advice conflicts of interest and related prohibited transaction...more

Fiduciary Rule Creates Breach of Contract Claim, But No Private Right of Action

The first part of the DOL’s Conflict of Interest Rule (the “Fiduciary Rule”) went into effect on Friday, June 9th. A large group of newly-defined “fiduciaries” are now subject to certain requirements of the Best Interest...more

Fiduciary Rule: June 9 & Beyond

On May 22, Department of Labor (DOL) Secretary Alexander Acosta announced that, despite President Trump’s memorandum ordering further analysis of the fiduciary investment advice rule (Fiduciary Rule), there was no legal...more

DOL Fiduciary Rule: Love It or Hate It, It’s Here

by Bowditch & Dewey on

If you have an account in a retirement plan where you work or you own an Individual Retirement Account, you may get investment advice from an investment advisor. You might expect that advisor to give you advice that was in...more

Colorado to Enact Private Fund Exemption to Investment Adviser Registration

by Bryan Cave on

Colorado is catching up with many other states that have adopted state-level investment adviser registration exemptions for certain private fund advisers. Under new rules Colorado’s Division of Securities adopted on May...more

The Fiduciary Rule Applicability Date Is Finally Here! What now?

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

The applicability date for the long-awaited, much-debated Fiduciary Rule is now upon us. So what does it mean? The Secretary of the Department of Labor Alexander Acosta recently said in a Wall Street Journal piece that the...more

ERISA Fiduciary Rule Impact on Unregistered Investment Funds

by Goodwin on

ERISA imposes stringent conduct standards (and potential liability) on any person who acts as a “fiduciary,” a term that includes a person who renders “investment advice” to an ERISA plan or an IRA. The DOL has issued a...more

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by Robins Kaplan LLP on

When it comes to the big (tech) 5, investors are cheering on their massive gains even as they nervously look around the corner for the dreaded market correction....more

Public Comments Solicited From Retail Investors and Other Interested Parties on Standards of Conduct for Investment Advisers and...

On June 1, 2017, Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC“) Chairman Jay Clayton issued a statement (the “Statement“) soliciting public comments from retail investors and other interested parties on standards of conduct for...more

DOL Fiduciary Rule Still a Go for June 9, but its Future Remains Uncertain

by Littler on

United States Department of Labor (“DOL”) Secretary Alexander Acosta recently announced that the final DOL fiduciary regulations (the “Fiduciary Rule”) will go into effect on June 9, 2017. In an op-ed in the Wall Street...more

Compliance With the ERISA Fiduciary Advice Rule for Private Investment Fund Managers and Sponsors and Managed Account Advisers:...

The DOL's "fiduciary advice rule" (the "Rule") will take effect on June 9, 2017. The DOL has published FAQs on the implementation of the Rule applicable to the period between June 9th and December 31st (the "Transition...more

Wells Fargo Seeks Contribution from Investment Advisors in RMBS Suit

On May 26, 2017, defendant-trustee Wells Fargo Bank N.A. (“Wells Fargo“) filed four third-party complaints against BlackRock Advisors, LLC, Pacific Investment Management Company, LLC, Teachers Advisors, LLC, TIAA-CREF...more

DOL bulletin: Fiduciary Rule will take effect June 9

by DLA Piper on

Earlier this year, President Donald Trump requested that the Department of Labor reexamine the pending Fiduciary Rule. In response, DOL has just issued Field Assistance Bulletin (FAB) 2017-02, together with an additional set...more

DOL FAQs Guide Compliance Efforts during Fiduciary Rule Transition Period

by Bryan Cave on

The Department of Labor has issued guidance in the form of Frequently Asked Questions to help firms and their advisers impacted by the Fiduciary Rule know what is expected on and after June 9, 2017, on and after January 1,...more

DOL revises guidance regarding exercise of shareholder rights by ERISA fiduciaries

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

At the end of 2016, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued Interpretive Bulletin 2016-1 which provides updated guidance regarding fiduciary obligations with respect to corporate stock held by employee benefit plans that...more

What's next for robo-advice? The SFC consults on the proposed guidelines on online distribution and advisory platforms

by Hogan Lovells on

With the rapid development of technology, there is an increasing trend of intermediaries providing investment services and distributing investment products over the internet. Whilst the Securities and Futures Commission...more

SEC Settles with Adviser and Principal Underwriter Over Improper Distribution Payments

by K&L Gates LLP on

On May 1, 2017, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) settled an enforcement action against a fund adviser and distributor for causing the funds to pay, outside of a Rule 12b-1 plan, for activities primarily intended...more

Fiduciary-Rule Litigation Moves to Court of Public Opinion

by Burr & Forman on

Last week Labor Secretary Acosta chose a Wall Street Journal op-ed to announce DOL’s decision not to delay the “fiduciary rule” past the once-extended June 9 effective date....more

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