PLANADVISER Weekend Newsdash
Week ending January 8th, 2016
NOTE FROM THE EDITOR
Happy Friday, PLANADVISER readers. It may be a new calendar year, but the professionals running retirement plans are still concerned with the same serious fiduciary risks that have long-troubled the 401(k) industry. They’re also facing renewed rounds of market volatility and a global economic picture that has many worried about what comes next. Whatever happens in 2016, stick with www.PLANADVISER.com for the latest news and breaking information.
Editor's choice
'Largely Unpredictable' Which Clients Could be Sued by Participants
One attorney specializing in ERISA litigation suggests the pace of lawsuits has increased fairly substantially in the last year, with signs of even more momentum in 2016. Even more concerning, he says, “there’s no plan design panacea that will prevent all possible challenges. It’s unpredictable who will get sued.” Read more >
Bob Doll Peers Into His Crystal Ball for 2016
Recent equity price swings aside, Bob Doll predicts the economy will keep on muddling through in 2016; investors will have to jump some hurdles, but there is still room for optimism. Read more >
A New Look at Social Security Income Replacement Rates
The Congressional Budget Office has performed a new analysis of pre-retirement income replacement rates limited to workers’ “last five years of substantial earnings, adjusted for growth in prices.” Not as grim as other analyses, the report still shows many will have to save much more for a comfortable retirement.  Read more >
PPA Vision of More Informed Investors Has Progressed
A short series of papers published by Vanguard shows knowledge of investing principles and fund features directly impacts the likelihood of investing success, even in product categories designed to put most decisionmaking in the hands of professionals. Read more >
Clients Will See Little Effect from SEC Liquidity Risk Efforts
The agency explains that it is proposing a new rule 22e–4 under the Investment Company Act, which would require mutual funds to establish liquidity risk management programs. Read more >
MOST POPULAR STORIES
TIAA Faces New Managed Account Rollover Complaint Months After Settling SEC Charges

A new lawsuit suggests the individual advisory program TIAA clients were rolled into was significantly more expensive and generated hundreds of millions of dollars in fees for TIAA—without providing commensurate performance benefits.

DOL Announces Anticipated ESG Fiduciary Investing Rule

Agency leaders say the principal idea of the new proposal is that climate change and other ESG factors can be financially material and, when they are, considering them will inevitably lead to better long-term risk-adjusted returns.

Plaintiffs Claim Deloitte Breached ERISA Prudence Duties

Arguments in the new case closely resemble previous lawsuits filed against other firms citing the ERISA fiduciary duties of prudence and of monitoring fiduciaries.

Social Security Benefits Will Grow 5.9% in 2022 Amid Renewed Inflation Concerns

The important federal benefit increases when the cost of living rises, as measured by the Department of Labor’s Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers, or the ‘CPI-W.’

Only 31% of Hispanic Workers Participate in a Workplace Retirement Plan

Morningstar says there are several factors besides lower income that could contribute to the lower savings relative to other demographic groups.

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