DOL’s Fiduciary Rule Still in Limbo after Trump Memo and Federal Judge’s Ruling

February 10, 2017
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Last week, President Trump issued a memorandum directing the Department of Labor (DOL) to reconsider implementation of the fiduciary rule. The fiduciary rule, which widens the scope of who is considered a “fiduciary” of an employee benefit plan under ERISA and under what circumstances an advisor provides “investment advice,” has been met with considerable criticism in some circles.

Many expected President Trump to delay or overturn the rule, but at least initially, he has declined to do so. Trump’s memorandum did not delay, withdraw or revise the fiduciary rule in any way. His memorandum merely tasked the DOL with reconsidering the fiduciary rule in light of whether it could negatively affect the ability of consumers to gain access to retirement and investment advice. Specifically, Trump requested legal and economic analysis as to whether the fiduciary rule will:

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