The financial industry and members of both parties of Congress have urged the agencies to combine their efforts and “harmonize” the controversial rule making in order to produce consistent guidance for investment firms.
The U.S. Labor Department first proposed an enhanced fiduciary-duty rule in October 2010, citing the need to update federal retirement law to improve the protection of millions of 401(k) and individual retirement account investors from tainted advice.
Putnam Investments' Robert Reynolds laid out a three-point plan—making Social Security solvent, providing employer savings programs to everyone who pays Social Security taxes and raising workplace savings rates to 10 percent—that he said should be addressed in every federal campaign.
In its latest timetable for implementing the Dodd-Frank financial reform law, the commission put fiduciary duty on the list of rules labeled 'dates still to be determined.' Many other rules are designated for release during specific time periods.