At least some district courts across the U.S. seem to be willing to allow cases alleging the use of outdated mortality tables in the calculation of nonstandard annuity benefits to proceed to trial.
A new district court decision finds Fidelity has breached its fiduciary duties in the operations of its own retirement plan; importantly, the ‘case stated’ ruling ‘addresses only the question of liability, not causation or loss.’
The March 31 deadline for 403(b) plans has been extended to June 30; the April 30 deadlines for DB plans have been extended to July 31.
Retirement plan professionals who have navigated a severe natural disaster in their region will recognize many of the retirement plan-focused relief provisions to be implemented by Congress.
At one point, the plaintiff was proposing a defendant class of all sponsors of smaller 401(k) plans that entered into program agreements with Nationwide through its Retirement Flexible Advantage Retirement Plans Program.
The lawsuit accuses Nationwide 401(k) plan fiduciaries of not negotiating terms for a fixed-income contract comparable to that for its DB plan for the purpose of increasing its subsidiary's profits.
The retirement plan-focused provisions passed by the Senate last night are among many meant to ease the financial pressures posed by the coronavirus pandemic.
The court concluded that "the amended complaint appears to reflect plaintiffs’ own opinions on ERISA and the investment strategy they believe is appropriate for people without specialized knowledge in stocks or mutual funds.”
However, excess deferrals made by participants in 2019 must still be paid to participants by April 15.
Even as they await federal action, retirement plan recordkeepers have put plans in place to help workers and retirees make the best financial decisions during this challenging time.
Recordkeepers expect the volume of loans, hardships and withdrawals will increase in coming weeks and months.
Citing previous court decisions, a judge said dismissal is not proper at this early stage and the plaintiffs lack the information to detail their claims until discovery proceeds.
Among other things, the lawsuit accuses defendants of selecting funds that that had no performance history that could form the basis of a fiduciary’s objective decision-making process.
While in-person participation is an important part of the financial system regulated by the SEC, the virus is forcing market makers to significantly adjust their operations.
Plaintiffs say the choice of underlying investments in funds using BOK’s CIT structure, as well as the use of BOK’s proprietary money market fund, were to benefit the firm.
As the SEC’s June 30 Regulation Best Interest deadline nears without hope of a grace period, sources say many financial services firms aren’t ready to comply.
More than a decade of litigation ends in a $29 million settlement agreement.
The bill introduced to Congress is designed to ensure public sector and nonprofit retirement plans have the same access to low-cost investments as for-profit retirement plans do.
Like so many other large U.S. employers, Salesforce is accused of failing to take advantage of the lowest cost share class available for many of the mutual funds offered in its retirement in a timely manner.
The new rule permits variable annuity and variable life insurance contracts to use a summary prospectus to provide disclosures to investors.