PLANADVISER 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 >
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Fidelity Faces a Myriad of Allegations in New ERISA Lawsuit

In addition to self-dealing allegations, the complaint calls out Fidelity for not negotiating revenue sharing refunds for its 401(k) plan participants and not considering stable value options for its plan investment lineup, among other things.

Education About Tax Treatment and Fees Could Boost 401(k) Participation

Findings from a Capital One survey about why employees do not participate in their employer-sponsored retirement plan offers opportunities for education, according to Stuart Robertson.

Open MEPs Could Create Many Opportunities for Advisers
Should Congress or federal regulators eliminate the common nexus and bad apple rules that have held back open multiple employer plans, experts anticipate many more small businesses will jump in.
AARP Launches Social Security Resource Center

The new website is designed to be a one-stop place for investors and retirees to have their Social Security retirement questions answered, including when to claim.

Aggressive Saving Is Simply Essential for Retirement Adequacy

A detailed analysis prepared by Aon suggests the typical worker would have to start saving at age 25 and put away 16% of pay annually—including the employer retirement plan match—to achieve a stable retirement outlook by age 67.

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

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