IRS Puts Out Roth IRA Rollover Final Regs

Plan sponsors of prototype Roth IRAs interested in taking rollovers from 402A Roth Accounts first have to change their IRA documents to be allowed to do so.

12b-1 Fees to be Topic of SEC Roundtable

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) will host a roundtable discussion about Rule 12b-1 under the Investment Company Act of 1940, which allows mutual funds to use fund assets to finance the distribution of their shares.

BISYS Settles SEC's Improper Accounting Allegations for $25M

BISYS Group, Inc. has agreed to a $25 million settlement with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) over charges that the financial services provider used improper accounting practices to overstate earnings by as much as $180 million.

SEC Asks Court for Stay on Overturned Merrill Rule

Although the ruling in Financial Planning Association v. SEC was set to go into effect today, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has filed a stay, asking for more time to transition fee-based brokerage accounts into other account types.

Bank of America Sued for Race Discrimination

Five black current and former employees of Bank of America Corp. filed a discrimination suit Thursday against the bank, alleging that it assigns its black employees to primarily minority neighborhoods and low net-worth accounts.

Edward Jones Customers Get Fair Fund Distribution

Current and former customers of Edward D. Jones&Co. customers who were “victims″ of the firm’s failure to adequately disclose revenue payments from a select group of mutual fund companies have received $79 million in a Fair Fund distribution, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced Thursday.

DoL Requests Suggestions for 401(k) Fee Disclosures

The U.S. Department of Labor’s (DoL) Employee Benefits Security Administration will tomorrow publish a "request for information" (RFI) in the Federal Register asking for proposals on how to best approach 401(k) fee disclosures by retirement plans to their participants.

Cox Says 12b-1 Fees a “Sales Load in Drag"

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) this year plans to turn its attention to fees paid, and how they are disclosed, to 401(k) plan investors, according to Chairman Christopher Cox.

Final Deferred Compensation Regulations Issued

The Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) have issued final regulations for the application of Section 409A on Nonqualified Deferred Compensation Plans.

Antitrust Suit Against Insurers and Brokers Dismissed

A federal judge threw out an antitrust lawsuit against dozens of insurance brokers and insurers at some of the largest U.S. firms by policyholders who claimed that the defendants conspired with each other to fix insurance prices, but gave the plaintiffs one last chance to amend their case.

IMHO: The 80/20 Rule

Sooner or later in your career, you are exposed to the 80/20 rule or, as purists term it, the Pareto principle.