Congress members say fiduciary duty could curb access to advice

By Staff | June 18, 2013 | Last updated on June 18, 2013
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U.S. Congress Members have waded into the fiduciary duty debate.

Thirty-two have signed a letter to Seth Harris, the acting secretary of the U.S. Department of Labor, asking him to reconsider imposing a fiduciary duty on U.S. financial advisors.

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“We have concerns that the Department’s re-proposal could severely limit access to low-cost investment advice,” says the letter. It adds many people find retirement planning difficult without access to professional advice.

“A new, more restrictive definition of fiduciary would add yet another barrier to accessing qualified retirement planning services.”

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The Congress Members cite the “minority communities we represent” as the source for such concern.

“We believe the Department should adopt policies that expand access to advice, particularly in light of the racial and gender disparities that currently exist in retirement savings,” says the letter. staff


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