(October 2020)

For much of the year, the wealth management industry has been concerned about the fiduciary rule. While it is not as onerous as the first version of the rule, it is universally disliked—those who are against a fiduciary concept for brokers dislike it, but so do those who want a uniform fiduciary rule. Well, everybody is likely to be happy then as it is appearing increasingly uncertain whether the new DOL rule will ever come into force. The reason why is simple—the DOL has probably run out of time. According to partner Bradford Campbell at industry-leading law firm Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath, there just isn’t enough time to do the full rewrite of the rule that the DOL needs to accomplish before the effective November 1st deadline. November 1st is essentially the safe date for the rule, as it needs to be on the books before then to have a good chance of becoming permanent.  Speaking about the possibility of Biden becoming president and overturning the rule, “Basically speaking, if a rule has been on the books for more than 60 days, to displace it, you have to do new notice and comment rulemaking,” says Campbell.




FINSUM + Magnifi: Almost everyone on all sides thought this was a poorly conceived rule, so most will feel its failure to be finalized on time is a good thing. That said, the election will be the ultimate decider, as if Trump prevails it doesn’t really matter if the DOL is finalized before November 1st since there won’t be a new administration.


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