The federal regulation that was intended to protect retirement investors from dubious financial advice is in jeopardy. The April implementation of the Department of Labor’s fiduciary rule that was six years in the making may be postponed.
The purpose of the rule is to require financial professionals to act in the best interest of their clients. That might seem like something that isn’t necessary to legislate, but brokers, insurance agents and others in the financial industry are routinely recommending investments that promote their employer’s financial bottom line and not their clients.
Regardless of what happens to the DOL’s fiduciary rule, you need to ask questions to boost the chances that a financial professional will always act in your best interest. Asking questions can also increase the chances that you’ll find an advisor who will be an excellent fit for your needs.