Best Interest Scout℠ is a stand-alone discovery tool that is designed to help you comply with the DOL regulations. It provides a standardized process to get client data to help you evaluate their full financial circumstances and determine whether they are invested in their best interests.
Best Interest Scout℠ is scalable and can help you:
Do you know how your firm will defend that your advisors' recommendations were in their clients' best interests? PIEtech℠ has developed a full workflow to help your firm define a path to comply with the DOL requirements.
Do you have enough information to determine if all of your clients, including non-qualified accounts, are invested in their best interest?
Obtain additional client information through Best Interest Scout℠. Your firm can then query whether you have enough information on each client to determine if the client is invested in their best interest.
Evaluate that the client's investments are in their best interests and that you are in compliance with the DOL PG 21027-21028 of BICE* regulation using financial planning software such as MoneyGuidePro®
Confirm that the client's investments are in their best interests. Send BIC or advisory agreement. If you cannot confirm this, you should stop and determine the next step to take.
Once the client's best interests are confirmed, render advice. Variable compensation is permitted under BIC. Periodically review whether information has changed before new advice is rendered.
Send clients an invitation to participate in Scout.
The client logs into Scout via your client website portal.
Scout imports known information from your site.
Client enters additional data, needs, expectations, concerns and financial information.
Scout sends completed data to the firm.
Best Interest Scout℠ can help firms who need to reach a large number of clients to confirm that they are invested in their best interests. Since it can be customized for the firm, the client experience is seamless, accessed through the firm's website or client portal.
To help you proactively address best interests requirements, Best Interest Scout℠ is especially designed for:
"Best Interest Scout℠ offers an alternative discovery method to help firms obtain information needed to ensure they're meeting their clients' best interests before they deliver a Best Interest Contract. Understanding your client is the requirement for firms to comply with the new DOL rules.
While we continue to believe that the delivery of a quality financial plan is the easiest and most prudent means of understanding a client's full financial circumstances, Best Interest Scout℠ allows firms who have not fully engaged in financial planning a chance of meeting the DOL’s April 10th, 2017 deadline."Kevin Knull, CFP®
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