//  5/24/18  //  Commentary

On this week's episode of Versus Trump, Easha, Charlie, and Jason discuss the Fifth Circuit's recent decision striking down the so-called "Fiduciary Rule" that would have required those who sell retirement investment products in 401(k) plans to act in the best interests of their clients. As usual, you can listen online below, and subscribe via this page with any podcast player or here in iTunes. 

They start the episode by discussing how Congress has regulated the management of retirement accounts, and they explain why many employees receive advice on where to put their retirement savings from advisors that have a potentially hard-to-discover financial incentive to sell employees certain high-cost products. They then discuss the Obama Administration's efforts to change this by classifying many more investment advisors as fiduciaries that would be required to look out for their clients' best interests. The trio then discuss the recent ruling by the Fifth Circuit that struck down the rule. That leads into a discussion of the Trump Administration's somewhat unusual position in this litigation: the Administration defended the rule on appeal, but have since then failed to appeal the adverse ruling, and they seem unlikely to take the case to the Supreme Court. That segues into a discussion about the role of the executive branch in enforcing the law and defending laws and rules in court—even those, like here, that the Administration might not like as a policy matter.

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Notes

  • You can find our more information and register here for the ACS National Convention. Join us!
  • The Fifth Circuit's ruling is here.
  • Jason mentioned a Take Care blog post by Danielle D'Onfro. That's here.
  • The States' motion to intervene is here. It was denied here.
  • Here is an article that Easha mentioned about the dispute in the Department of Labor over this rule.
  • The White House issued this memo to the Department of Labor asking it revisit the rule.

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