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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. 
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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 >
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Tax Bill Passed By Senate Backs Off 457(b), 403(b) Plan Changes

It appears some last-minute amendments have largely removed controversial provisions from the Senate’s version of tax reform legislation that would have had a big impact on governmental 457 and nonprofit 403(b) plan sponsors.

Pass-Through Tax Reform Impact on Small Businesses May Be Mitigated via Roth

The American Retirement Association says that tax reform could be a disincentive for small businesses to offer retirement plans; however, as one reader shares, there are counter considerations having to do with Roth 401(k) options that could mitigate some of the concern.

Settlement Ends Fujitsu Lawsuit Filed Over Plan Fees, Custom TDFs

In their lawsuit, the plaintiffs called the Fujitsu plan one of the most expensive in the country and specifically called out the design and implementation of the plan’s custom target-date funds.

Congressional Democrats Continue Push on Butch Lewis Act

The legislation would take steps to provide additional anti-cutback protections for Teamsters, miners, and other unionized American workers who have paid significant sums into multiemployer pension funds.

Lawsuit Filed in Colorado District Court Shows Great-West Targeted by Fraud

The richly detailed text of the complaint shows multiple individuals are accused of defrauding Great-West and depositing ill-gotten assets in a variety of U.S. banks, resulting in fraud and money laundering charges. 

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

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

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