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Pennsylvania + Wall provides commentary on a broad range of current financial, economic and regulatory reform topics. The views expressed are those of the authors, and do not necessarily reflect the position of SIFMA.

June 27, 2014

SIFMA’s Views on the Department of Labor’s Fiduciary Proposal

By Lisa Bleier

DOL, Fiduciary, ERISA, RetirementWe offer the following as a clarification a clarification and reiteration of SIFMA's views on the Department of Labor's fiduciary proposal, offered in response to recent mischaracterizations of our views. 

The DOL's proposal would convert virtually anyone who speaks to a retirement investor into a "fiduciary," subject to a costly and complicated regulatory regime that was never intended to apply so broadly.  Everyday Americans trying to save for retirement would lose their ability to decide whether to work with, and pay for, a fiduciary investment adviser.  Instead, if they wanted to continue to be able to talk to their brokers, they would have no choice but to move to higher cost fee-based advisory accounts.  The smallest investors, who could not afford higher fees, would be left on their own.

In the Dodd-Frank Act, Congress directed the SEC to review the standard of conduct applicable to all retail investors.  Consistent with this mandate, the SEC has undertaken a careful review that included a comprehensive "request for information."  We support the SEC's efforts, and we do not understand why the DOL wants to jump the gun by proposing its rule before the SEC has a chance to complete its work. .... Read more...

June 25, 2014

SIFMA Applauds Secretary Lew’s Commitment to a Global LEI

By David Strongin

LEIA global Legal Entity Identifier (LEI) is one of the most critical methods available to ensure effective regulatory oversight of the financial markets. In testimony yesterday before the House Committee on Financial Services, U.S. Treasury Secretary and Chair of the Financial Stability Oversight Council (FSOC) Jack Lew noted:

"There has also been progress in improving the standardization of certain financial data, including the legal entity identifier (LEI), which will help to identify parties to financial transactions. The widespread adoption of LEI both domestically and globally, together with the work to enhance the consistency and availability of swaps data reported by swaps data repositories, would improve the ability of regulators to monitor emerging risks in the financial system. The Council supports these efforts and recommends that member agencies and the OFR continue to work together to promote high-quality data standards and fill data gaps where they exist.".... Read more...



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