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DOL Finalized Conflict of Interest Rule

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) published its long-awaited conflict of interest final rules (the Final Rules) revising the standards for becoming a fiduciary to retirement plans under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA), and to individual retirement accounts (IRAs) under the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 (the Code). The Final Rules, published April 8, 2016, were based on a proposal by DOL made in April 20, 2015 (the Proposed Rule). The DOL also adopted certain other exemptions, including the Best Interest Contract Exemption (BIC Exemption), a class exemption for allowing principal transactions in certain debt securities, and amendments to existing exemptions allowing fiduciaries to receive compensation in connection with certain securities transactions.

SEC's Chair White Speaks on Role of Fund Boards

Mary Jo White, Chair of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), spoke about the role of mutual fund directors, particularly independent directors, in light of recent developments in the fund industry. She made her remarks to a group gathered at a conference of the Mutual Fund Directors Forum on March 29, 2016.

Chair White addressed the historical evolution of the role of independent directors of mutual funds, and then focused on the role of fund directors in assessing more recent risks in the industry. She also discussed recent SEC enforcement actions against fund directors.

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