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What is Reg BI?

Jul 20, 2020

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A Look at Regulation Best Interest

Recently, you may have heard that financial industry regulators established a new set of rules designed to guide investors who work with an investment professional. This new set of rules is called “Regulation Best Interest” rule, known colloquially as “Reg BI.” 1

This rule establishes a series of guidelines about how to meet investors’ best interests. It provides steps for financial professionals to follow in an effort to give investors a higher level of comfort when making decisions. It also outlines strategies that take investors’ overall financial situation into account when proposing solutions.

The SEC’s Regulation Best Interest (Reg BI) under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 establishes a “best interest” standard of conduct for broker-dealers and associated persons when they make a recommendation to a retail customer of any securities transaction or investment strategy involving securities, including recommendations of types of accounts.

As part of the rulemaking package, the SEC also adopted new rules and forms to require broker-dealers and investment advisers to provide a brief relationship summary, Form CRS, to retail investors. In addition, the SEC published interpretations concerning investment advisers’ standard of conduct under the Investment Advisers Act of 1940, and the “solely incidental” prong of the broker-dealer exclusion from the Advisers Act.

For many investors, such procedures were already in place, and the new rules may not affect our day-to-day practices in ways that you may immediately notice. A conversation with your dedicated financial professional at Epic Capital about “Reg BI” and how it might affect your investment strategy might be in order; they can answer any questions you may have about this regulation.

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