In Case You Missed It: Broker-Dealer Regulation & Litigation Digest – Winter 2023

The Broker-Dealer Regulation & Litigation Digest is a periodic compilation of the most read blog posts published on the Broker-Dealer Law Blog during the last few months. Here you can catch up on what you missed or re-read these popular posts.

The DOL’s New Fiduciary Rule: What We Can Expect

By Fred Reish and Joan M. Neri
The current Department of Labor fiduciary rule says that a broker-dealer and its registered representatives (advisors) are fiduciaries to a plan under ERISA if a functional five-part test is satisfied. This same five-part test applies to determining whether an advisor is a fiduciary to an IRA under the Internal Revenue Code.

You Might Want to Write Down Why You Recommended That Rollover

By Sandra D. Grannum, Jamie L. Helman and Emmanuel Brown
The Division of Examinations of the Securities and Exchange Commissions (the Division) has been busy implementing examinations of broker-dealers to assess compliance with the regulation. The Division is planning to include Reg BI compliance into future examinations of broker-dealers. Therefore, the Division issued a Risk Alert on January 30, 2023, calling attention to deficiencies found during broker-dealer compliance examinations, as well as certain inadequate practices that might lead to deficiencies. Broker-dealers should pay attention to the issues identified by the SEC so that they do not expose themselves to regulatory trouble later down the line.

Managing IRAs: Charging Different Fees for Different Investments

By Fred Reish and Joan M. Neri
Registered investment advisers, including dual registrant broker-dealers, who provide discretionary investment management services to individual retirement accounts (IRAs), are fiduciaries under the Internal Revenue Code (the Code). While the Code does not have a fiduciary standard of care, it does have a duty of loyalty in the sense that most conflicts of interest are prohibited.

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