The much-discussed fiduciary rule — if it doesn’t get scrapped under the incoming Trump administration — was, among other things, an unintended gift from the Department of Labor to advisers, particularly those who focus on income distribution planning.

There are several reasons for this fortuitous silver lining. Chief among them is the fact that retirement income is one area where advisers can most easily demonstrate a clear distinction between themselves and traditional, accumulation-focused advisers.

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