SEC Working Toward a Proposal on a New Fiduciary Rule
October 4, 2107 | Beth Glavosek | Blue Vault
On Wednesday, October 4, in a Capitol Hill appearance, Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Chairman Jay Clayton told lawmakers that the agency is drafting its own proposal for a fiduciary rule, according to Investment News.
The commission has been accepting comments, and Clayton told the House Financial Services committee that, “We’re going to work with the Department of Labor. However, if this were easy, it would already have been fixed.”
According to Investment News and Barron’s, Clayton reiterated past comments insisting that such a rule must preserve investors’ choice to use a broker or advisor, be clear, apply to retirement and non-retirement accounts, and involve cooperation between the SEC and the Labor Department.
Clayton said that he’s confident that the SEC can create a rule that meets those standards and protects investors in a way which they understand. While not providing a timeframe, he reassured Republican lawmakers that opponents’ concerns about the DOL fiduciary rule will be addressed.