PLANADVISER Weekend Newsdash
Week ending March 10th, 2017
NOTE FROM THE EDITOR
Happy Friday, readers! This week Merrill Lynch again grabbed headlines for being an early mover on fiduciary rule reforms. The firm, which in 2016 was among the first to announce it would halt sales of mutual funds within its commission-based IRA platform, tells PLANADVISER it will continue to move in that direction—with some important tweaks to its strategy now that the Trump administration has delayed the new fiduciary paradigm. Get the full story, as well as our latest coverage of industry litigation and regulation, below. 
Editor's choice
Dodd-Frank Repeal Battle Parallels Fiduciary Fight
Federal agencies and initiatives carry significant momentum and must be redirected carefully, but forcefully, by any incoming president. Read more >
DOL Fiduciary Defenses Prevail In District Courts, But Does It Matter?
A series of recent district court decisions show strong deference for the DOL’s right to promulgate a more aggressive fiduciary standard—how relevant the decisions will remain under President Trump is still anyone’s guess. Read more >
DOL Fiduciary Workshops Support Client Compliance
Speakers from the DOL will discuss basic fiduciary do’s and don’ts associated with operating an employer-sponsored retirement plan. Read more >
Joint Congressional Resolution Targets Public DC Plans for Private Sector
GOP lawmakers in the House and Senate suggests it is a federal government overreach for DOL to encourage or require states to offer workplace retirement savings programs for private sector workers. Read more >
Connecticut Aims To Strengthen 403(b) Provider Reporting
Service providers to tax-qualified 403(b) plans already have certain federally mandated conflict of interest reporting requirements, but the Connecticut State Legislature may also step up and play a role. Read more >
MOST POPULAR STORIES
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.

Plaintiffs Firms Must Pay $1.5 Million for ‘Reckless’ Litigation

A judge has determined that two law firms, Schneider Wallace Cottrell Konecky LLP and Schlichter Bogard & Denton LLP, are jointly and severally liable for ‘multiplying proceedings unreasonably and vexatiously.’

Dover Corporation Faces ERISA Suit Over Managed Account Fees

The proposed class action lawsuit challenges excessive managed account fees and the retention of Financial Engines, the managed account service provider.

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.

Lawsuit Against Northern Trust Over TDFs Will Proceed

The defendants’ motion to dismiss has been denied.

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