Newsdash Insight on Plan Design & Investment Strategy from PLANSPONSOR
January 2nd, 2018
Most-Viewed Articles of 2017
Happy New Year, readers! Today’s newsletter presents our Top 10 most-viewed articles for all of 2017. Regular readers won’t be surprised to see topics such as the DOL fiduciary rule, tax reform, litigation and participant outcomes dominate the list. Readers are also clearly interested in the ongoing shift towards collective trusts. We hope you enjoy looking back through these stories, which all remain relevant at the start of 2018.
SEC Offers Guidance on DOL Fiduciary Rule Compliance
Since the DOL conflict of interest rule’s publication, mutual fund providers and their adviser-intermediaries have also been asking the SEC extensive questions about sales loads, fee schedules, etc.  Read more >
Edward Jones Maps Out Fiduciary Rule Response
The investment advisery firm Edward Jones says it will look to grandfather IRA relationships acquired before April 2017, while also instituting some fundamental changes to process and product to comply with the new fiduciary rule for ongoing and new relationships. Read more >
Collective Investment Trusts Versus Mutual Funds
Some experts see CITs gaining big ground in retirement plans; others see mutual funds holding them off.  Read more >
2018 Contribution and Benefit Limits Announced
The contribution limit to defined contribution (DC) plans has been increased by $500. Read more >
Why Small Business Owners Often Resist 401(k)s
What Exactly Is Driving the Great Resignation?
John Hancock Defeats ERISA Foreign Tax Credit Lawsuit
Retirement Industry People Moves
Risks and Rewards of Managed Accounts
Delay Seems Likely, But Confusion Remains on DOL Fiduciary Rule Future
Conflicting media reports have started to circulate, some to the effect that a delay of the DOL fiduciary rule has already been effectuated—others that are more skeptical this is even possible.  Read more >
Self-Dealing Lawsuit Filed Against Charles Schwab
The complaint alleges that defendants “reaped significant fees and profits at the expense of the plan and its participants.” Read more >
Few Millennials Making Recommended 401(k) Contribution
Most Millennials are not contributing at least 15% of their income toward their 401(k) plans, but a majority are moving in the right direction, a new study finds. Read more >
GAO Issues Call to Examine American Retirement System
According to a GAO report, it has been nearly 40 years since a federal commission has conducted a comprehensive evaluation of the nation’s approach to financing retirement. Read more >
DOL Fiduciary Rule Delay Language Emerges
The new leadership at Department of Labor has published the rulemaking through which it hopes to delay the strict conflict of interest rules championed by the previous administration and set to take effect next month. Read more >
Inside View of DOL Fiduciary Rule Arguments Before 5th Circuit
Oral arguments in the consolidated case against the DOL and its fiduciary rule reforms were heard Monday morning by the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals; ERISA attorney Erin Sweeney offers her take. Read more >
Fiduciary Rule Creating Opportunities for Advisers to Small Plans
Many sponsors in the mid- and small-plan market, facing pressure from participants and regulators, are seeking DC specialist advisers for the first time. Read more >
Market Mirror
Friday, the Dow dropped 118.29 points (0.48%) to finish at 24,719.22, the NASDAQ closed 46.77 points (0.67%) lower at 6,903.39, and the S&P 500 decreased 13.93 points (0.52%) to 2,673.61. The Russell 2000 fell by 13.41 points (0.87%) to 1535.51, and the Wilshire 5000 dropped 126.78 points (0.45%) to 27,794.17.   The price of the 10-year Treasury note increased 7/32, lowering its yield to 2.411%. The price of the 30-year Treasury bond was up 8/32, decreasing its yield to 2.745%. WEEK’S WORTH: For the week ending December 29, the Dow finished 0.14% lower, the NASDAQ was down 0.81%, and the S&P 500 decreased 0.36%. The Russell 2000 lost 0.48%, and the Wilshire 5000 was down 0.25%.
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