SEC Retirement-Targeted Examinations
This is my 37th article about interesting observations concerning the Department of Labor’s fiduciary rule and exemptions. These articles also cover the DOL’s FAQs interpreting the regulation and exemptions and related developments in the securities laws.
In 2015, the Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) of the SEC issued a National Exam Program Risk Alert describing its “Retirement-Targeted Industry Reviews and Examinations Initiative” (ReTIRE). The Initiative announces that the OCIE “will conduct examinations of SEC-registered investment advisers and broker-dealers (collectively, registrants) under the ReTIRE Initiative that will focus on certain high-risk areas of registrants’ sales, investment and oversight processes, with particular emphasis on select areas where retail investors saving for retirement may be harmed.”
In its Risk Alert, the OCIE says:
“The staff intends to use data analytics, information from prior examinations, and examiner-driven due diligence to identify registrants to … Read More »
Retirement Advice and the SEC
While the DOL’s fiduciary regulation and prohibited transaction exemptions have occupied everyone’s attention over the last year, other regulatory agencies have been focusing on retirement plan issues, as well.
For example, in its “Examination Priorities for 2017,” the SEC has indicated that it will focus on “Senior Investors and Retirement Investments.” Specifically, the SEC says:
As the U.S. population ages and investors become more dependent than ever on their own investments for retirement income, we are devoting increased attention to issues affecting senior investors and those investing for retirement.
ReTIRE. We will continue our multi-year ReTIRE initiative, focusing on investment advisers and broker-dealers along with the services they offer to investors with retirement accounts. This year, these examinations will likely focus on, among other things, registrants’ recommendations and sales of variable insurance products as well as the … Read More »