PLANADVISER Weekend Newsdash
Week ending January 20th, 2017
NOTE FROM THE EDITOR
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. 
Editor's choice
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 >
MOST POPULAR STORIES
The New Vesting Schedule Debate
Surveys and anecdotal evidence suggest plan sponsors are shortening their plan’s vesting periods, but there remains disagreement in the industry about whether vesting schedules may in fact disappear.
Why Are Financial Services Firms Looking to Wealth Management Leaders?
The short answer is that more financial services firms are looking at their wealth management divisions as drivers of growth; the long answer is a lot more complicated.
The Future of Work in the Investment Industry

The CFA Institute’s recent report examines leading trends and explores the future of work in the investment industry.

More TDF Underperformance ERISA Lawsuits Filed

The new cases closely resemble a host of others filed in recent months that suggest fiduciary defendants selected underperforming target-date funds.

GOP Attorneys General Question BlackRock on Fiduciary, Antitrust Concerns

Nineteen Republican state attorneys general signed a letter to BlackRock seeking ‘clarification on actions that appear to have been motivated by interests other than maximizing financial return.’

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