However, what the president surely knows is that a vast majority of retirement plans — IRAs and 401(k)s — are in simple fee-based products like mutual funds. The commission-based accounts are for those who prefer to direct their brokers in certain purchases inside some of their retirement products.
The key to the White House’s interference is in its nuanced language.
Currently, a broker may make a recommendation that must be “suitable” for retirement account assets such as 401(k)s and IRAs.
However, the president wants to take it a step further and mandate that it be in an investor’s “fiduciary best interest.”
The administration surely knows