Week of May 12, 2017
NOTE FROM THE EDITOR
Happy Friday, readers! Merrill Lynch again grabbed headlines this week for the way it is tweaking its approach to the DOL fiduciary rule, becoming one of the first nationally recognized firms to explain how the uncertain future of the rulemaking will be treated in terms of its sales and services processes. There is little doubt that other firms are making similar adjustments as they struggle to comprehend what the Trump administration and Republican leadership in Congress might do (or not do) in terms of fully stopping the controversial Obama-era rulemaking. Find our full coverage and helpful context articles below. 
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Investing
Managed Accounts Evolving in DC Space
Providers are enhancing managed accounts with new features and are seeking to maximize the benefits of these solutions in order to outweigh their costs. 
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Compliance
CHOICE Act Targets Fiduciary Rule, Dodd-Frank Rollback
Passage of the CHOICE Act by the House Financial Services Committee could signal a further blow to conflict of interest regulations adopted by the Obama administration. 
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Deals and People
Retirement Industry People Moves
InTrust Fiduciary Joins CAPTRUST; Nuveen Expands DCIO Business; Stadion Names Chief Business Development Officer; and more.
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Deals and People
Retirement Industry People Moves
Aria Retirement Solutions Expands Leadership; Cetera Financial Group Appoints Board Member; and more.
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Products
Edward Jones Maps Out Fiduciary Rule Response
The investment advisery firm Edward Jones says it will look to grandfather IRA relationships acquired before April 2017, while also instituting some fundamental changes to process and product to comply with the new fiduciary rule for ongoing and new relationships.
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EDITOR’S CHOICE
Merrill Lynch Signals More Flexibility in Fiduciary Rule Response
The firm has consistently been an early mover in announcing fiduciary rule implementation plans—and that trend continued this week with the news that ML advisers will retain some access to commission-based IRAs.
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DOL Announces Fiduciary Responsibilities Seminar in Illinois
The seminar will be held in Springfield, Illinois, on June 21.
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Varying Fees
Can an adviser charge different fees for different investments in a retirement plan? ERISA attorneys Fred Reish and Joan Neri ask, how do current ERISA standards treat this question, and how might that change in the near future? 
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Fiduciary Rule Litigation Still Matters
The DOL’s authority to regulate the financial services industry is separate from the authority conferred on the Securities and Exchange Commission, Financial Industry Regulatory Authority and state insurance, and other, regulators. Notwithstanding the potential conflicts and overlaps, the courts appear to believe that the DOL and other regulators can co-exist and effectively regulate together.
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Assessing Independence
Many advisers would rather venture on their own than affiliate with a B/D, and the current regulatory environment is only adding to the pressure. 
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Editorial: Alison Cooke Mintzer alison.mintzer@strategic-i.com
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