LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., Oct. 1, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The Department of Labor's (DOL) proposed changes to the fiduciary definition regulations have caused many advisors to re-examine their business models and analyze whether they are a fiduciary to retirement plans. However, in recent months the fiduciary conversation has shifted towards the potential impact these anticipated regulations could have on Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs). Matrix Financial Solutions, Inc., a Broadridge Financial Solutions, Inc. (NYSE: BR) company, today released a practice guide, IRAs & the ERISA Fiduciary Rules: Updates and Best Practices for a Changing Regulatory Environment that addresses the potential impact of these changes. The guide outlines the rules today, what is being proposed, the impact of the proposed changes on advisors and the steps advisors can take today in anticipation of the new rules. The practice guide was co-authored by Cindy Dash, COO, Matrix Financial Solutions, Inc., and Pamela O'Rourke, an ERISA attorney for Integrated Retirement.
"The proposed regulations may result in more broker-dealers and RIAs being classified as an ERISA ﬁduciary when they provide services to IRAs," said Ms. Dash. "It's important that advisors and brokers understand this evolving issue and take the necessary steps to re-evaluate their business models and compensation structures in anticipation of any regulatory changes."
Some industry commentators and members of Congress have argued that applying the ﬁduciary rules to IRA activity without sufﬁcient prohibited transaction exemptions could have a chilling effect on an individual's access to IRA ﬁnancial advice. Matrix's practice guide offers a three-step framework to help advisors understand this important issue:
- Evaluate Your Rollover Business Model
Given the current focus on IRA rollover activity, it is prudent to analyze existing practices relative to IRA rollovers from retirement plans. Consider whether a business model raises regulatory concerns under ERISA, as well as how the model affects your growth objectives.
- Assess the Rollover IRA Opportunity
Understand the differences and benefits of traditional IRAs and Roth IRAs. Additionally, it's important to invest the time to learn more about the rollover rules as well as to evaluate the role of IRA rollovers in a business model.
- Monitor New Developments
Staying abreast of legislative and regulatory developments is critical to the success of any advisor working in the retirement industry. This is especially true with respect to the evolving guidance regarding the ERISA fiduciary definition and IRA rollovers. Resources that may be helpful include Matrix Webinars & Updates and the DOL Newsletter.
"While we don't know what the proposed ﬁduciary deﬁnition regulations will look like, it's important that advisors and brokers take into consideration the potential impact on their future business strategies and relationships with IRAs when the rules are released. At Matrix, we're working with advisors and brokers to help them stay ahead of the curve so that they are not only prepared, but are better able to help their clients make the right decisions when it comes to retirement planning," added Ms. Dash.
To assist advisors, MG Trust, a Matrix affiliate, offers an Omnibus IRA service that captures assets flowing out of qualified plans due to retirement, participant termination, or plan termination, as well as serving as a vehicle to support payroll deduction IRA plans. This solution will enable advisors to continue to manage their accounts, and may also help to reduce unnecessary rollover fees.
To access a complimentary copy of the white paper, visit matrix.broadridge.com.
About Matrix Financial Solutions
Matrix Financial Solutions, Inc., a Broadridge Financial Solutions, Inc. company, is a leading provider of TrueOpen retirement products and services for third-party administrators, financial advisors, banks and other financial professionals. Matrix serves more than 300 financial institutions with over $200 billion in customer assets processed through its trading and trust platform. For more information about Matrix, please visit matrix.broadridge.com.
About Broadridge Financial Solutions
Broadridge Financial Solutions, Inc. (NYSE: BR) is the leading provider of investor communications and technology-driven solutions for broker-dealers, banks, mutual funds and corporate issuers globally. Broadridge's investor communications, securities processing and business process outsourcing solutions help clients reduce their capital investments in operations infrastructure, allowing them to increase their focus on core business activities. With over 50 years of experience, Broadridge's infrastructure underpins proxy voting services for over 90% of public companies and mutual funds in North America, and processes more than $5 trillion in fixed income and equity trades per day. Broadridge employs approximately 6,400 full-time associates in 13 countries.
For more information about Broadridge, please visit www.broadridge.com.
About Integrated Retirement
Integrated Retirement is an independent, privately held corporation with deep retirement plan expertise and industry insights and has a proven track record of helping elite financial organizations achieve retirement plan mastery across all sales, marketing, service and support disciplines.
SOURCE Broadridge Financial Solutions, Inc.