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BOSTON, June 09, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- DALBAR submitted its response to the Department of Labor (“DoL”) regarding its regulatory proposal, Definition of the Term ‘Fiduciary’; Conflict of Interest Rule-- Retirement Investment Advice” (“COI Proposal”). The response contained the findings of an analysis of the effect the proposal is likely to have on investors/participants and on the employers who offer retirement plans.
Instead of creating incentives to increase retirement savings, DALBAR found that the COI Proposal is likely to have the opposite effect. By encumbering (or in some cases prohibiting) incentives the proposal weakens one of the major drivers of retirement savings. Incentives are the compensation that motivates advisors to convince employers to offer and workers to plan for retirement. In seeking to lower expenses, the proposal de-funds the driver of the most important contribution to retirement security.
The current COI Proposal offers no enhancement to retirement savings or even a replacement for the funding lost by lower expenses.
In its response to the COI Proposal, DALBAR reports four major findings to the Department of Labor:
DALBAR offers two alternative recommendations to regulators:
DALBAR, Inc. is the financial community’s leading independent expert for evaluating, auditing and rating business practices, customer performance, product quality and service. Launched in 1976, DALBAR has earned the recognition for consistent and unbiased evaluations of investment companies, registered investment advisers, insurance companies, broker/dealers, retirement plan providers and financial professionals. DALBAR awards are recognized as marks of excellence in the financial community.
Kathleen Whalen 617.723.6400 KWhalen@DALBAR.comNEXT ARTICLE