Securities and Exchange Commission Chairwoman Mary Jo White told lawmakers Tuesday that the agency was "focused" on completing a fiduciary duty rule proposal and that "it's important for me to get to wherever we are going on that [rulemaking] as quickly as we can."

Since the July 5 close of the comment period on the costs and benefits of a fiduciary rulemaking, White (left) told members of the Senate Banking Committee that she has met with senior officials at the Department of Labor regarding collaboration on both agencies' fiduciary rules and has directed staff "to engage more" with DOL "to make sure they understand [the SEC's] perspective" on its fiduciary rulemaking, particularly the impact of the DOL's fiduciary rule proposal on broker-dealers.

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Melanie Waddell

Melanie is senior editor and Washington bureau chief of ThinkAdvisor. Her ThinkAdvisor coverage zeros in on how politics, policy, legislation and regulations affect the investment advisory space. Melanie’s coverage has been cited in various lawmakers’ reports, letters and bills, and in the Labor Department’s fiduciary rule in 2024. In 2019, Melanie received an Honorable Mention, Range of Work by a Single Author award from @Folio. Melanie joined Investment Advisor magazine as New York bureau chief in 2000. She has been a columnist since 2002. She started her career in Washington in 1994, covering financial issues at American Banker. Since 1997, Melanie has been covering investment-related issues, holding senior editorial positions at American Banker publications in both Washington and New York. Briefly, she was content chief for Internet Capital Group’s EFinancialWorld in New York and wrote freelance articles for Institutional Investor. Melanie holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Towson University. She interned at The Baltimore Sun and its suburban edition.