The House Financial Services Committee considered (i) testimony from federal banking regulators on a broad range of concerns and (ii) several proposed bills imposing additional requirements on financial institutions.
The House Financial Services Committee launched an investigation into the alleged opening of unauthorized accounts by a major financial institution. The Committee will review the roles of the CFPB and the OCC in overseeing this conduct.
President Obama vetoed a Congressional resolution of disapproval to prevent the Department of Labor's implementation of the final rule relating to the "Definition of the Term 'Fiduciary'; Conflict of Interest Rule – Retirement Investment Advice."
SIFMA and numerous financial associations filed a complaint against the Department of Labor with the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas. The complaint would strike down an "overreaching" DOL fiduciary rule.
The Senate passed a resolution of disapproval blocking the Department of Labor's implementation of its "fiduciary" rule. The rule defines the term "fiduciary" and concerns conflicts of interest in retirement investment advice.
A recent post on SIFMA's "Pennsylvania + Wall" blog is highly critical of a recently published academic report. SIFMA argues that the report makes "overly broad and inflated claims" concerning levels of misconduct among financial advisors.
SIFMA expressed support for the Senior$afe Act of 2015. In a letter to Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Claire McCaskill (D-MO), SIFMA stated that the act would prevent financial exploitation and "better protect firms and advisors who are looking out for the best interest of their elder clients".