July 20, 2023

The Best Interest Standard for Recommending Account Types

Broker Dealer Law Blog

Under Regulation Best Interest (Reg BI), the SEC imposes a best interest standard on account recommendations by broker-dealers.  This is because recommending an account type is viewed by the SEC as recommending an investment strategy involving securities.  The SEC imposes a similar best interest standard on registered investment advisers under the SEC’s Interpretation Regarding Standard of Conduct for Investment Advisers (the RIA Interpretation).

The DOL also imposes a best interest standard under its prohibited transaction exemption (PTE) 2020-02 (Improving Investment Advice for Workers & Retirees) (the PTE), which allows broker-dealers and their registered representatives to receive conflicted compensation resulting from non-discretionary fiduciary investment advice about a change of account types for a retirement plan or an IRA.

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