A U.S. court has struck down a rule intended to prevent financial advisers from steering their clients to bad retirement inve...Read more
White House Proposes New Rules to Protect Investors Saving for Retirement
- June 11th, 2018
You might think that the top priority of the broker or financial adviser managing your retirement funds is to maximize your returns, but that’s not always the case. Some steer their clients to bad retirement investments with high fees and low returns because they get higher commissions or other incentives to do so. And there’s nothing currently in the law that requires advisers to put their clients’ interests first.
President Obama has proposed new rules to change this and require financial advisers to act in the best interests of their clients. The move is designed to increase the amount investors receive in retirement.
Local Elder Law Attorneys in Ashburn, VA
Hale Ball Carlson Baumgartner Murphy PLC
Loretta Morris Williams is a certified elder law attorney by the National Elder Law Foundation. Ms. Williams was admitted to the Council of Advanced Practitioners, National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA) in 2012. She serves as President of the Virginia Academy of Elder Law Attorneys. Ms. Willia...
Farr Law Firm
In practice since 1987, Fairfax Attorney Evan Farr is widely recognized as one of the leading Elder Law, Estate Planning, and Specials Needs attorneys in Virginia and one of foremost experts in the Country in the field of Medicaid Asset Protection and related Trusts. Evan Farr has been quoted or cited as an expert by n...
Ron M. Landsman, P.A.
Ron M. Landsman has been practicing elder law since 1983, before it was known as elder law, originally with Landsman and Laster, Washington, D.C., then Landsman, Eakes and Laster, also in Arlington, VA, and since 1990 in his own practice in Montgomery County, Maryland. He has been among the most active members of the...
Americans may lose as much as $17 billion every year because of bad financial advice from advisors with conflicts of interest, according to a report by the President's Council of Economic Advisors. Many financial advisors have a sales incentive to steer clients into investments that offer higher payments to the advisor but are not necessarily the best option for the client. According to the report, a retiree getting advice from an advisor with a conflict of interest when rolling over a 401(k) balance at retirement can lose an estimated 12 percent of the value of his or her savings.
To confront this problem, President Obama has directed the Department of Labor to promulgate new rules that require financial advisors to act like fiduciaries. This means they must put their clients' interests above their own. The new rules would prevent brokers and financial advisers from rolling over retirement accounts unnecessarily or putting clients' savings into investments with high fees and low returns when there are better options.
The Department of Labor will publish the new rules and then hold a hearing on the rules and accept public comments. The financial industry is fighting the proposed rules, arguing that they will disadvantage small savers by increasing costs.
“What they are saying,” says business columnist Darrell Delamaide writing in USA Today, “is that they are currently willing to offer their services to the low-income bracket because they will reap even higher profit from hidden costs and fees. Their opposition to the rule is virtually proof that it is necessary.”
To read the report from the Council of Economic Advisors, click here.
For more about retirement planning, click here.
Last Modified: 06/11/2018