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4Q17: The On-Again, Off-Again Fiduciary Rule

December 2017
By Fred Reish

Fred Reish outlines the status of the Department of Labor's fiduciary rule, explains the delays, and details what to expect next.


The Department of Labor (DOL) has once again delayed the application of the final prohibited transaction exemptions for advice to plans and IRAs. Unfortunately, the ever-changing applicability dates for some of the rules, but not for others, has created confusion in the marketplace. Hopefully, this article will clear up that confusion.


Fred Reish is an ERISA attorney whose practice focuses on fiduciary responsibility, retirement income, and plan operational issues. He has been recognized as one of the “legends” of the retirement industry by both PLANADVISER magazine and PLANSPONSOR magazine.

The views expressed here are those of Fred Reish. They should not be construed as investment advice or as the views of Hartford Funds or the employees of Hartford Funds. They are based on available information and are subject to change without notice. The information above is intended as general information and is not intended to provide, nor may it be construed as providing, tax, accounting or legal advice. As with all matters of a tax or legal nature, please consult with your tax or legal counsel for advice. This material and/or its contents are current at the time of writing and may not be reproduced or distributed in whole or in part, for any purpose, without the express written consent of Fred Reish.

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