Advisors selling IRAs are now under an ERISA fiduciary standard of care that imposes an obligation to monitor their investment recommendations. This obligation imposes more work for no additional compensation. Advisors, possibly for the first time, will need to subscribe to technology that will produce a monitoring report on the investments held.
The wait is over. The OMB has released the Department of Labor’s(DOL) new fiduciary definition along with the promised exemptions. Without question, this new rule will affect every financial institution and advisor that sells and services retirement plans, IRAs and HSAs.
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If you’re looking ahead at the next 5, 10, 20, or even 30 years, take it from me, growing a sustainable business in today’s hyper-competitive environment is a challenging obstacle. But, there’s hope! No matter where you are in the maturity of your business, there are several actions you can take to improve your business and take back meaningful balance in your life.
Before the new SEC fiduciary standard is published, advisors with a 401(k) and IRA Rollover practice and those advisors operating as investment managers of QDIAs have become a target for on-site examinations by the SEC’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Exams as part of their ReTIRE (Retirement Targeted Reviews and Examinations Initiatives) program since November 2015.
More retirement plan assets are leaving retirement plans and moving to IRAs. As a result, the total retirement assets over which the Department of Labor (DOL) exercises control is shrinking at an accelerated rate. Although the DOL has not said so publicly, I suspect the pending new definition of fiduciary is in some way tied to the fact that their client base is shrinking.
As the digital world grows and we see the rise of more virtual financial planning tools, clients will no longer search for a planner who is best in their geographic area; instead they will search for the planner who is best able to meet their individual needs.
Just as success means something different to each of us, so does our own perception of happiness. Of course, in order to reach this beautiful balance of “successful happiness,” we have to develop a number of key habits. These habits come from a variety of conversations I’ve had with Fortune 500 CEOs, professional athletes, and even senators throughout my 30+ years in this profession. Imprint them into your advisor DNA and see how quickly you can reach The Sustainable Edge – and a more meaningful purpose.