Michael Barry, president of October Three (O3) Plan Advisory Services LLC, discusses how the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC)’s broker/investment adviser standard-of-conduct proposal would be necessary to the creation of a provider-based retirement system.
As the Department of Labor (DOL) fiduciary rule process appears destined for defeat, experts speculate about the possibility that the SEC could take its own regulatory actions to address adviser conflict of interests; some say a new SEC rule could be proposed this week.
However, the deadlines for creating a liquidity risk management program and to limit illiquid investments to 15% of a fund’s portfolio remain unchanged: December 1, 2018, for larger fund groups and June 1, 2019, for smaller fund groups.
Brokers serving retirement plans and other institutional investors were accused of routing orders for equities to an offshore affiliate in Bermuda that “executed them on a riskless basis and opportunistically boosted profits by adding a mark-up or mark-down on the price of a security.”
The SEC says whether offering a brokerage window in a 401(k) through which investments in employer securities can be made involves an offer of employer securities requiring Securities Act registration depends on the extent of the plan sponsor’s involvement.
number of elected officials have emerged on the side of financial advisers in
opposing the Department of Labor’s fiduciary redefinition effort—introducing ambitious
legislation to block changes to the fiduciary standard.