PLANSPONSOR Weekend Newsdash
Week ending March 11th, 2016
NOTE FROM THE EDITOR
Happy Friday, PLANADVISER readers. Judging by this week’s stable of top-clicked articles and the increasing amount of chatter among our trusted network of expert sources, anticipation over the pending release of the Department of Labor’s final fiduciary rule has reached a fever pitch. Our comprehensive coverage of this critically important issue can help retirement plan advisers sort out how the fiduciary redefinition will impact their firms—and what it will take to get into compliance. 
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Advice as a Fiduciary
“I do not provide advisory services to Employee Retirement Income Security Act participants. However, some of my clients ask me about plan distributions and individual retirement account rollovers and investments. Does the Department of Labor’s proposed redefinition of fiduciary investment advice affect me?” Trusted ERISA attorneys Fred Reish and Joan Neri consider the potentially confusing scenario.   Read more >
Effects of the Fiduciary Rule on Independent RIAs
You are a registered investment adviser who provides advisory services to retirement plans and participants and to individual retirement accounts. You are not affiliated with a broker/dealer and do not have proprietary products. How does the proposal affect your sales practices? Read more >
The New Fiduciary Rule and Annuities
The Obama Administration views how people draw down their retirement savings to be just as important as encouraging them to save in the first place. Consistent with this view, it is particularly concerned with the risk that retirees will outlive their assets and wishes to mitigate this risk by motivating plan sponsors and participants to annuitize retirement benefits. Read more >
Fiduciary Rule’s Best Interest Contract Exemption Raises Eyebrows
ERISA attorney David Kaleda considers how the DOL intends to affect adviser behavior in the retirement marketplace through a new exemption called the “best interest contract exemption,” or “BIC,” proposed along with the new regulation. Read more >
Robo Advice, Education and the Fiduciary Rule
One of the biggest challenges firms will face in implementing the DOL’s proposal is compliance with the “best interest contract” exemption. However, as proposed, that exemption specifically excludes robo-advice, defined as “investment advice that is generated solely by an interactive website in which computer software-based models or apps provide investment advice to retirement investors based on personal information each investor supplies through the website.” Read more >
MOST POPULAR STORIES
Americans Unfamiliar With 529 Plans

A mere 29% know that they are vehicles for education savings, Edward Jones found in a survey

Are Managed Accounts Better for Participants Than TDFs?

Professional investment assistance helps DC plan participants’ outcomes; however, an analysis from Alight Solutions found users of managed accounts see higher returns, are more diversified and save more in their DC plans.

Plan Sponsor Challenged in a Lawsuit for Using Untested Hewitt Funds

The plaintiffs say that since these experimental funds were added to the plan in 2013, they have consistently underperformed their benchmarks, and have underperformed the funds they replaced by tens of millions of dollars.

University of Rochester Called Out for Excessive Fees Paid to TIAA

The lawsuit claims the university failed to adequately benchmark fees, negotiate for better fees, or reveal true fees participants were paying.

Employees Have Other Financial Issues That Get in the Way of Retirement Readiness

A PwC survey finds employees are struggling with debt and supporting adult children and aging parents, but also are not investing in their retirement plans properly or using health savings accounts (HSAs) to save for retirement health care costs.

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

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

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