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ASA Welcomes New DOL Proposal, Urges Harmonization with Reg BI

Today’s implementation of the new national Reg BI standard will strengthen investor protections, increase accountability, and instill greater confidence in Americans to invest for the future.



WASHINGTON – The American Securities Association (ASA) today welcomed an announcement from the Department of Labor proposing a new exemption for investment advice fiduciaries and called for the proposal to harmonize with the Securities and Exchange Commission's (SEC) Regulation Best Interest (Reg BI).

“Today’s implementation of the new national Reg BI standard will strengthen investor protections, increase accountability, and instill greater confidence in Americans to invest for the future,” said ASA CEO Chris Iacovella. “ASA welcomes the DOL’s proposal to help better protect America’s retirement savers while also maintaining needed access to investment choice. We look forward to working with Secretary Scalia and the DOL to ensure this new proposal fully aligns with the SEC’s Reg BI.”

ASA has been at the forefront of advocacy to improve accountability throughout the financial industry and implement Reg BI. Last Friday night, ASA commended the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit for ruling to uphold Reg BI in its decision in XY Planning Network, LLC v. SEC. To read ASA CEO Iacovella’s op-ed in InvestmentNews outlining how Reg BI strengthens investor protections, click here.



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