By Kenneth E. Bentsen, Jr.
In the following op-ed, originally published in U.S. News, SIFMA’s President and CEO writes that a new proposal being drafted by the Department of Labor (DOL) could have an unintended negative impact that would make it harder for Americans to meet their retirement goals.
I am writing in response to Jim Lardner's May 6, 2014 op-ed entitled "When Salespeople Call Themselves Advisors" in order to address some of the misconceptions and inaccuracies regarding the industry's position.
When helping Americans save for retirement, investment professionals work hard every day to serve in their client's best interest. In return, their clients trust them to act on their behalf in a way that is suitable for their individual retirement needs. Each day, millions of Americans rely on broker-dealers to help them save for their future. Studies have shown that investors who work with an investment professional save more and are better prepared for retirement..... Read more...