Washington, April 6, 2016 – Roger W. Ferguson, Jr., president and CEO of TIAA, released the following statement regarding the U.S. Department of Labor’s final fiduciary investment advice rule, which significantly expands ERISA’s definition of fiduciary investment advice:
“Putting the customer first is a core TIAA value, and we believe adhering to a best interest standard under the Department’s new regulation is an important way to help more people build financial well-being.
“IRAs are a key part of creating retirement security, so we agree with the requirement that distribution advice be subject to the same fiduciary standard as all other investment advice. This will ensure that rollover discussions, including whether to roll over from an employer-sponsored plan to an IRA, are always in employees’ and retirees’ best interest.
“Based on our preliminary analysis, it appears the Department has gone a long way toward making the best interest standard the industry standard. TIAA supports this direction, and we look forward to reviewing the full rule.”
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