PLANSPONSOR Weekend Newsdash
Week ending January 27th, 2017
Happy Friday, readers! Over the last week our sister publication PLANSPONSOR announced the finalists for the 2017 Plan Sponsor of the Year Awards. As in past years, the judges were truly impressed with the volume and quality of submissions, which covered all types of defined contribution and defined benefit plans. We will soon have profiles to share of all the finalists—leading into our Awards for Excellence dinner in March, where we will announce the winners in each category. Congratulations once again to this year’s finalists and their advisers and service providers!
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2017 PLANSPONSOR Plan Sponsor of the Year Finalists Announced
This week our fellow Strategic Insight publication, PLANSPONSOR, is announcing the finalists for the 2017 Plan Sponsor of the Year Awards; find out who is being recognized here. Read more >
Providing Participants With Access to Financial Education
The 2016 PLANSPONSOR Participant Survey found that Millennials, Generation X and Baby Boomers have different needs and expectations regarding retirement. Not surprisingly, younger employees, who are likely to be battling competing financial priorities, save less than do older employees, who may be trying to catch up on their retirement savings. Read more >
The Rise of Zero Revenue Share Funds
The new fiduciary rule will likely augment their growing popularity. Read more >
Key Elements of Financial Wellness
An analysis of individuals participating in Fidelity’s financial wellness program finds there are definitely some groups with unique needs, and suggests how plan advisers and sponsors can tailor their programs to address those needs. 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.

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.

Nearly Three-Quarters of Boomers Want to Delay Retirement

More than three in 10 have no retirement budget.

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.

Editorial: Alison Cooke Mintzer

Advertising: Paul Zampitella

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