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Week ending March 24th, 2017
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Recent 403(b) Litigation
Recent months have seen a wave of new litigation, against several large 403(b) plans maintained by prominent private universities. The lawsuits, which claim breaches of fiduciary duties under ERISA, are in some respects similar to 401(k) fee litigation cases. However, other aspects of these suits are relatively novel, as they appear to not only challenge the fundamental nature of 403(b) plans. Read more >
DOL's Final Rule on Disability Benefits
Although rarely a high-profile item, there is no question that long-term disability cases are the most frequently litigated Employee Retirement Income Security Act claims. While excessive fee litigation against 401(k) plans and stock-drop cases garner headlines, a study of ERISA cases filed between 2006 and 2010 concluded that those involving long-term disability benefits accounted for 64.5% of benefits litigation. Read more >
Aggregating a Client's Assets
I work for a broker/dealer (B/D) firm that is affiliated with a registered investment adviser. The firm provides brokerage services to both non-retirement and retirement investor accounts such as IRAs and ERISA accounts. The fee is asset-based, and breakpoints are used to determine the fee (with an incrementally reduced fee charged as asset value exceeds certain prescribed amounts). Can all accounts be aggregated so the investor will get the benefit of a reduced fee? Read more >
Leveraging Provider Resources
Retirement plan advisers who strive to develop proprietary tools may very well be overlooking a wealth of resources available from their many providers. Wells Fargo National Sales Manager for Defined Contribution Ron Cohen, based in Boston, has an important warning for advisers seeking to do just that. Read more >
Passing the Torch
While retirement plan advisers are gifted at planning for participants’ futures, they do a notoriously poor job of planning for their own—a situation that Jeremy Holly, senior vice president at LPL Financial in San Diego, finds supremely ironic. Many wait until they are close to retirement age before thinking about a succession plan for their practice, he says. Read more >
Nearly Three-Quarters of Boomers Want to Delay Retirement

More than three in 10 have no retirement budget.

Will SCOTUS Decide the Fate of the DOL Fiduciary Rule?

Some ERISA attorneys argue the Fifth Circuit decision last week to vacate entirely the DOL’s fiduciary rule expansion makes a Supreme Court decision on the matter inevitable; others are less sure that a decisive SCOTUS decision could be forthcoming, instead expecting the SEC to take the lead; still others admit they have little idea how the regulatory picture will shake out, recommending patience and ongoing compliance.

Confusion Abounds After Fifth Circuit Decision Vacates DOL Fiduciary Rule

The latest decision out of the Fifth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals throws a dramatic new element of confusion into the epic regulatory saga that has been the rollout of the Department of Labor fiduciary rule.

Many Americans Would Forego Social Security Payments for Student Loan Debt Forgiveness

The Student Security Act of 2017​ would grant $550 in student loan forgiveness for each month a student debtor was willing to raise his or her full retirement age, or $6,600 per year.

Retirement Programs Must Continue to Evolve to Address Participant Needs
Chuck Coldwell, vice president - national director, Consulting and BOLI Services at Pentegra, believes as an industry, we still have not reached the goal of getting the majority of participants in a good place for retirement—even with auto enroll and escalate.

Editorial: Alison Cooke Mintzer

Advertising: Paul Zampitella

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