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If you haven’t heard, the relationship between the investing public and their advisors is undergoing some significant changes. That change has to do with the level of care advisors must apply when making recommendations to clients. A great number of advisors who were held only to a standard of “suitability” will now be required to act only in the client’s “best interests”. This is called the fiduciary standard.
But wait, aren’t all advisors supposed to act in the client’s best interest?. I haven’t met an advisor who says they don’t. But now the Department of Labor, through its “DOL Rule”, has decided that some forms of advisor compensation are inherently conflicted and not in the best interests of clients. Starting June 9th, all advisors servicing retirement accounts must adhere to the fiduciary standard and may not earn more than reasonable compensation. The rule does not define what reasonable compensation is.
Confusing? Absolutely. What does this mean for investors? There is a lot of talk about advisors leaving the business and clients being turned loose because they won’t generate enough revenue to make it worth an advisor’s time. Many believe the rule harms the public more than it helps.
What should investors do? If you haven’t already, sit down with your advisor and talk to them about the DOL Rule. Ask them how it will affect your relationship, the investments you own and what to expect going forward.