PLANADVISER Weekend Newsdash
Week ending March 8th, 2019

Happy Friday, readers! This weekend’s mailing focuses on the always timely topic of regulatory compliance. Below you will find our latest coverage of the DOL, SEC, FINRA and state-based regulators. Particularly interesting is Groom Law Group’s David Kaleda’s most recent column, offering advisers an inside view of what it’s like to be the subject of a Department of Labor examination under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA). We hope you will share some of what you read with a client or colleague.

Regulation News
What Is a DOL Adviser Investigation Like?
The number of Department of Labor investigations of financial advisers has steadily increased over the years; here is a primer on the DOL’s sources of authority, and what to expect when examiners come knocking. Read more >
Make the Most of FINRA’s 529 Share Class Disclosure Initiative
FINRA is encouraging firms to undertake a qualitative review of their supervisory practices ranging back to 2013—not a full quantitative analysis of individual 529 plan transactions or recommendations. Read more >
IRS Asks for Comments Regarding 403(b) Plan Auto Enrollment
The request regards information collection for Revenue Ruling 2000-35, which describes certain criteria that must be met before an employee’s compensation can be reduced and contributed to an employee’s section 403(b) plan in the absence of an affirmative election by the employee. Read more >
SEC Money Market Rule Changes Still Playing Out
The SEC made fundamental changes to the rules governing money market funds back in 2014; according to John Faustino at Fi360, the rule changes have created a big opportunity for advisers with stable value fund expertise. Read more >
GAO Asked to Examine Retirement System Cybersecurity
In a letter to the Government Accountability Office (GAO), lawmakers said retirement savings are “a tempting target for criminals who could hack into plans and individuals’ accounts to access information, commit identity fraud, and steal retirement savers’ nest eggs.” Read more >
Comment Deadline Arrives for NAIC Annuity Sales Best-Interest Rule
The standard-setting and regulatory support organization governed by the chief insurance regulators of all 50 states set today as a deadline for industry comments on the latest draft of a model best-interest suitability standard applying to annuity sales. Read more >
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Vanguard Launches Consultant Hub for Retirement Plan Consultants

Features of the Consultant Hub include a retirement plan comparison tool and custom investment reporting, among other things.

Another Undisclosed Fee Lawsuit Filed Against Fidelity

According to the recent complaint, Fidelity has breached its fiduciary duties to retirement plans by charging mutual fund and other investment companies a substantial fee as a condition for their investment vehicles being offered on Fidelity’s fund platform.

VALIC Rebrands to AIG Retirement Services

Rob Scheinerman, president, AIG Retirement Services, tells PLANADVISER that while the VALIC name is strong and well respected, the AIG name carries even greater recognition in the marketplace and among sponsors, consultants and participants, and relationship management teams and advisers are very excited to go to market as AIG.

Will Your Errors and Omissions Insurance Policy Keep You Dry?
Buyer Beware! One experienced matchmaker pairing RIAs with providers of E&O insurance policies likens the space to the Wild West, especially when one looks at the “non-admitted” provider marketplace.
2019 PLANSPONSOR Retirement Plan Adviser of the Year Finalists
The 2019 PLANSPONSOR Retirement Plan Adviser of the Year finalists have demonstrated leadership and a commitment to excellence for their retirement plan sponsor clients and participants. Congratulations to all the firms on the list!

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

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