PLANADVISER Weekend Newsdash
Week ending February 10th, 2017
NOTE FROM THE EDITOR
Happy Friday, readers! Another fast-paced week of news on  was dominated by discussion of the future of the DOL fiduciary rule—and yet there is only a little more certainty now than we had on Monday. Following a court victory for the rulemaking in Texas, the latest development is that DOL submitted paperwork to the OMB to commence its own regulatory review related to the fiduciary rule, as ordered by the newly installed president. The content of the paperwork is not yet public, but rumors are swirling that a 180-day delay is being sought. Get all the latest industry insights below. 
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Texas Court Adds to Fiduciary Rule Debate Among Retirement Providers
A Texas district court judge has rejected industry arguments that the DOL exceeded its authority in crafting the forthcoming fiduciary rule—what this spells for the regulation’s future under the Trump administration is unclear. Read more >
Setting Confusion Aside, Firms Act on Fiduciary Reform
The latest results of the Fidelity Advisor Investment Pulse survey show advisers continue to focus on implementation of new fiduciary controls across different elements of their practices. Read more >
Lawmakers Move to Block Final Rule on State-Run Retirement Plans
Their concerns are that small businesses will be discouraged from offering retirement plans to employees, and that employees put into state-run plans will not have the protections of ERISA and will have limited control over their retirement savings. Read more >
Inside Look At SEC Deficiency Letter Trends
A new publication from the SEC outlines the five most frequent compliance topics identified in deficiency letters sent to SEC-registered investment advisers. Read more >
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Coronavirus Hardship Withdrawals, Taxes and Your Retirement Plan Clients
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Warn Your Clients: Don’t Abuse Coronavirus Hardship Withdrawals
Though retirement plans can allow individuals to self-certify that they qualify for a penalty-free coronavirus-related distribution, should the IRS discover otherwise during a future audit, a participant can be subject to substantial penalties.
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More than one-third failed a basic Social Security quiz administered by MassMutual.

The Most Common Retirement Plan Testing Mistakes

By alerting plan sponsors to the issues they see most often, advisers can help their clients navigate IRS testing rules.

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