Creating a Better Client Experience in a Post-DOL Rule World

“This is one of the most monumental pieces of legislation in our lifetime…bigger than the healthcare reform act,” says Henry Smith, Partner of Smith & Downey about the Department of Labor’s (DOL) new fiduciary rule. And regardless of the fate of the DOL Rule, the industry has initiated a massive shift to a planning-led, fiduciary model that’s sure to affect the way you conduct your business.

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Finding Value Under the New DOL Regime

Although there are still some hoping the litigation against the DOL will result in a suspension of the rule or an outright repeal by a newly elected administration, it has been my experience that most have accepted the new regulation since it conditionally protects the sale of commissionable products. However, favorable opinion has not resulted in much action on the part of financial institutions to implement strategies to deal with the new reg.

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