PLANSPONSOR Weekend Newsdash
Week ending January 20th, 2017
Happy Friday, readers! All eyes are on the Washington political power transition this week, and so our wrap-up newsletter looks at some of the latest actions by the DOL, SEC and other federal regulators. We’ve heard a real variety of opinions regarding the approach that may be taken by the newly minted Trump Administration when it comes to enforcing ERISA and other investment regulations, and we anticipate hearing a lot more in coming weeks. Stay tuned to  for all the latest. 
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Retirement Clients Concerned Over Federal Tax Policies
A Transamerica survey found that 34% of Americans believe extending the Saver’s Tax Credit to all filers regardless of income should be a priority for incoming President Donald J. Trump and the new Congress. Read more >
All Eyes On Potential Washington Policy Reforms
Advisers are “keenly aware of their clients’ moods and recognize that there are no ‘one size fits all’ retirement plans in the face of an unpredictable future,” research shows. Read more >
Firms Charge Ahead Regardless of Trump Policies
Retirement industry executives overseeing one of the largest recordkeeping businesses around say they are optimistic for the future of DC retirement planning, whatever policies emerge from Washington. Read more >
SEC Names Retirement Investments Among 2017 Exam Priorities
Among the topline priorities for the Securities and Exchange Commission’s examination staff during 2017 will be “the services provided by public pension advisers” and an “expanding focus on senior investors and individuals investing for retirement.” Read more >
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 >
Confusion Abounds After Fifth Circuit Decision Vacates DOL Fiduciary Rule

The latest decision out of the Fifth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals throws a dramatic new element of confusion into the epic regulatory saga that has been the rollout of the Department of Labor fiduciary rule.

Nearly Three-Quarters of Boomers Want to Delay Retirement

More than three in 10 have no retirement budget.

Will SCOTUS Decide the Fate of the DOL Fiduciary Rule?

Some ERISA attorneys argue the Fifth Circuit decision last week to vacate entirely the DOL’s fiduciary rule expansion makes a Supreme Court decision on the matter inevitable; others are less sure that a decisive SCOTUS decision could be forthcoming, instead expecting the SEC to take the lead; still others admit they have little idea how the regulatory picture will shake out, recommending patience and ongoing compliance.

Many Americans Would Forego Social Security Payments for Student Loan Debt Forgiveness

The Student Security Act of 2017​ would grant $550 in student loan forgiveness for each month a student debtor was willing to raise his or her full retirement age, or $6,600 per year.

DISRUPTION: Insider Service and Strategy Talk With PGIM
In an exclusive interview with PLANADVISER, PGIM Head of Institutional Defined Contribution Josh Cohen offers some guidance to advisers speaking with plan sponsors about litigation, fiduciary risk and progressive plan design.

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