PLANADVISER Weekend Newsdash
Week ending January 12th, 2018

Happy Friday! In this, the second edition of PLANADVISERweekend for 2018, we focus on the always-timely topic of Investing. As readers are likely aware, this week the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission signaled it may be ready to take the wheel from the Department of Labor in deciding how to proceed with the Obama-era fiduciary conflict of interest reforms. Expert attorneys have already weighed in about how the SEC could proceed differently, or not, from the DOL, and how the whole process may ultimately effect the way advisers are compensated for investment recommendations. Find the latest commentary and related articles and research below.

Investing and the SEC
With SEC Move Pending, New York Joins Other States Making Fiduciary Reforms
Regulatory developments in Nevada and New York show inaction at the federal level on clarifying advisers’ and brokers’ fiduciary duties is leading to a patchwork of state-by-state approaches to mitigating conflicts, real and perceived.  Read more >
SEC and DOL Face Hurdles in Fiduciary Collaboration
When it comes to the possibility of a uniform advice standard for advisers and brokers coming from the SEC, one attorney argues “things are still very much in a wait-and-see mode,” despite increased chatter among lobbying organizations about the possibility. Read more >
SEC Takes Aim at Bond Market Liquidity Issues in 2018
The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) released its agenda for the inaugural meeting of the Fixed Income Market Structure Advisory Committee. Advisers can offer up their suggestions for topics on which the committee should focus.  Read more >
Mutual Fund Performance Reporting for the 21st Century
A recent speech given by SEC Commissioner Kara Stein highlights the shifting landscape of mutual fund reporting, and how emerging technologies are reshaping the way investors will compare performance and costs. Read more >
Stable Value Lawsuits and the Goldilocks Zone
Even though there is no typical stable value fund, heading into 2018 there have been three typical types of lawsuits filed against fiduciaries offering stable value funds, according to ERISA attorneys with Mayer Brown. Read more >
Growth in TDF Market Underscores Proprietary Product Debate
The drivers behind a target-date manager offering open architecture most commonly include the belief that participants benefit from asset manager diversification and the need to outsource allocations to access best-in-class strategies. Read more >
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Education About Tax Treatment and Fees Could Boost 401(k) Participation

Findings from a Capital One survey about why employees do not participate in their employer-sponsored retirement plan offers opportunities for education, according to Stuart Robertson.

IRS to Focus on Retirement Plan Distributions and 403(b) Plan Rules in 2019

A Program Letter lists compliance strategies for the agency for next year.

How Rising Interest Rates Affect Stable Value Funds
While money market funds may look more appealing in the short run, this is not expected to last.
Inertia Remains a Plan Sponsor Problem, Too

The language of “inertia” and “disengagement” are often used to describe the natural state of retirement plan participants, but new research from Wells Fargo suggests plan sponsors are also prone to settling with the status quo.

Kaleida Health Faces 403(b), 401(k) Plan Fee Lawsuit

The complaint specifically calls out the 11 T. Rowe Price target-date funds (TDFs) offered by the plans, saying they are all adviser or retail class funds—as opposed to investor or institutional class funds.

Editorial: Alison Cooke Mintzer alison.mintzer@strategic-i.com

Advertising: Paul Zampitella paul.zampitella@strategic-i.com

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