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Is Your Compensation Reasonable Under DOL Rules

moncler outlet store Reasonable compensation is a vague and undefined standard, but the DOL has moncler outlet online held ERISA plan fiduciaries to this standard for many years, which gives precedence to its application. moncler outlet store

moncler sale outlet A recent court case awarded the plaintiffs (who were employees of the plan) $7.5 million on an excessive fee claim. At issue is 17 mutual funds that were chosen as investment options for the Southern California Edison Company 401(k) plan in March 1999. moncler sale outlet

For each of https://www.beautylyrics.com those funds, the Edison plan fiduciaries initially selected the retail shares instead of the institutional shares, or failed to switch to institutional share classes once moncler outlet uk one became moncler sale outlet available. Here the plaintiffs contend that the fiduciary defendants breached their duty cheap moncler of prudence by not switching the retail shares of the 17 funds at issue to institutional shares.

What this means for cheap moncler jackets sale IRA rollovers under the DOL Fiduciary Rule and adherence to the Impartial Conduct Standards is that “Reasonable Compensation” will be under heightened and cheap moncler coats severe scrutiny. At Americans for Annuity Protection (AAP), we believe reasonableness of compensation will be measured using moncler factory outlet three tests.

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Reasonable compensation has traditionally been interpreted and applied by the DOL as a standard that is tested against market based benchmarks, which typically means what is “usual and customary” in the marketplace.

moncler outlet Compliance with this standard will be determined based on whether your compensation is in line with amounts being received by others in the market making recommendations of similar products, as well as the services, rights, and benefits you and your firm provide to your moncler outlet sale clients. moncler outlet

INTERPRETATION: If the compensation you receive is within the average paid for similar product types (FIAs versus FAs) and product classes (10 year versus 7 year), it is likely to be considered by most standards and precedents as reasonable.

monlcer down jackets The reasonable compensation standard does not dictate or prescribe any specific amount of compensation you and your firm can receive, which is where AAP sees the biggest liability under the Rule. monlcer down jackets

moncler sale You can bet lawyers will be targeting the most significant outliers (compensation that is far out of line with the market). The reasonableness of your compensation will depend on the facts and circumstances at the time of the recommendation. moncler sale

moncler mens jackets Typically, compensation that pays less than 1 percent annually for each year of surrender is within most market based benchmarks for similar products (fixed indexed and fixed rate with similar surrender periods). Also, less than 1 percent is likely to be reasonable compared to investment management and 401(k) fees. moncler mens jackets

cheap moncler outlet Recommendations of these products will be subject to higher scrutiny and require detailed justification and documentation that they were the product that best met your client’s objectives, needs, time horizon and risk tolerance compared to other similar products available to you. cheap moncler outlet

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TEST 2: Differentials in Compensation

Reasonable compensation is not the only compensation consideration of impartial conduct standards. If compensation differs among products of the same type and surrender period and you make a recommendation with a higher compensation, that differential must be justified by “neutral factors.”

Or, if you are receiving compensation higher than others who sell that product, the “above street” differential must cheap moncler outlet be justified by “neutral factors.”

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2. The time it took you to thoroughly assess and Moncler Outlet analyze product options against customer preferences;

3. Product benefits like company strength and rating;

4. Product features that best address your customer’s needs; and,

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Providing more than one product for consideration and documenting how you and your client arrived moncler jacket sale at the final product(s) selection will be critical to defending a best interest recommendation and justifying differential compensation.

cheap moncler TEST THREE: Conflicts of Interest Disclosure cheap moncler

cheap moncler sale The writing agent making the recommendation and receiving compensation must disclose his/her total compensation for that sale. If some compensation is paid to the writing agent and additional compensation to the firm and the writing agent has financial interest in the firm, AAP believes you are best protected to disclose that relationship and financial interest. cheap moncler sale

cheap moncler moncler outlet store coats For example: If you moncler outlet get 7 percent and your firm gets 2 percent, we believe the disclosure specifies that the Advisor moncler jackets outlet receives 7 percent and cheap moncler jackets separately discloses that the firm receives additional compensation to cover the firm’s distribution, training and administration costs. Find a disclosure with a strong and compliant disclaimer cheap moncler coats.

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