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ACLI Hails Official Delay of DOL Fiduciary Rule Add-On Standards

The U.S. Department of Labor has delayed the effective date of three major sets of DOL fiduciary rule compliance regulations by 18 months, but, actually, the rule is still there, like a dragon stuffed in a trunk.

If you ignore the dragon, and just go about your business as if it was still 2007, fire could come out of the trunk and fry you.

The Employee Benefits Security Administration, the DOL arm in charge of retirement plans, made headlines Monday by posting a preliminary version of a standards applicability delay announcement.

(Related: ACLI Hails Official Delay of DOL Fiduciary Rule Add-On Standards)

EBSA is getting ready to publish the notice in the Federal Register on Wednesday. Once the announcement is officially published, DOL will push compliance deadlines to July 1, 2019, from Jan. 1, 2018, for three fiduciary rule “prohibited transaction exemptions” (PTEs) or rule add-ons:

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Advisors’ Opinion:

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