Proposed Class Exemption for Principal Transactions in Certain Debt Instruments

The DOL has proposed a Class Exemption from certain prohibited transactions involving certain principal transactions in certain debt securities.

Document Excerpt

 This document contains a notice of pendency before the U.S. Department of Labor of a proposed exemption from certain prohibited transactions provisions of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA) and the Internal Revenue Code (the Code). The provisions at issue generally prohibit fiduciaries with respect to employee benefit plans and individual retirement accounts (IRAs) from purchasing and selling securities when the fiduciaries are acting on behalf of their own accounts (principal transactions). The exemption proposed in this notice would permit principal transactions in certain debt securities between a plan, plan participant or beneficiary account, or an IRA, and a fiduciary that provides investment advice to the plan or IRA, under conditions to safeguard the interests of these investors. The proposed exemption would affect participants and beneficiaries of plans, IRA owners, and fiduciaries with respect to such plans and IRAs.

Link

http://webapps.dol.gov/FederalRegister/HtmlDisplay.aspx?DocId=28207&AgencyId=8&DocumentType=1

 

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