+What is the Fiduciary Rule all about?
The rule specifies that, as of April 10, 2017, advisors who are paid to make recommendations and provide investment advice about individual retirement accounts (IRAs) and retirement plans will be treated as "fiduciaries" and must adhere to a fiduciary standard.
+What does "fiduciary" mean?
When an advisor is a "fiduciary", any advice or recommendation given must be in the best interest of the client and must not create a conflict of interest for the advisor. We have decades of experience serving in the role of fiduciary for our clients and we are familiar and comfortable in that role.
+What constitutes investment advice or a recommendation?
There are three types of advice or recommendations that carry fiduciary responsibility.
- A recommendation to buy, hold or sell an asset like a stock or mutual fund within a retirement account.
- A recommendation to move, transfer or rollover retirement accounts or the assets within the retirement accounts.
- A recommendation about the management of a retirement account.
+Will this impact my relationship with First Citizens?
For over 100 years, our customers have and always will come first. We consider Fiduciary Rule to be the next step in our commitment to our clients. It’s an affirmation of who we are and how we conduct business. Our values and principles are summed up in our brand tag line, "Forever First".
+Will this change how I work with First Citizens?
It could mean that you have the opportunity to work with another one of our team members depending on your particular need. Our goal at First Citizens is to provide you with the right tools and resources to help you meet your financial and retirement goals. The Fiduciary Rule does not impact what matters most — helping you realize your financial goals.