DOL Fiduciary Rule: Is it Good News for Consumers?

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By Rick Kahler

The Department of Labor’s groundbreaking new Fiduciary Rule may change the legal responsibilities of advisors who sell financial products for consumers’ retirement accounts.

Financial services industry pundits aren’t sure whether the new rule is a giant step in the right direction or a successful dodging of a bullet by Wall Street.

The original intent was to require those selling financial products for retirement plans to act as fiduciaries—advisors required to put clients’ interests ahead of their own.