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Week ending April 7th, 2017
Happy Friday, readers! The biggest news of the week was the decision by the Department of Labor to delay the new fiduciary rule by 60 days. Thus, rather than taking effect this coming Monday, April 10, it will take effect on Friday, June 9. However, given the tenor of the Trump administration and the president’s predilection for fewer regulations, it is possible that it could still be shelved altogether. That could potentially be very unfortunate for investors, as a coalition of consumer groups maintains that without the fiduciary rule, investors are being overcharged by unscrupulous advisers to the tune of $17 billion a year.
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DOL Delays Fiduciary Rule by 60 Days
The Department is making the move in response to the Trump memorandum. Read more >
Consumer Groups Vow to Continue Fighting for Fiduciary Rule
Their “Retirement Ripoff Counter” shows that without the protections of the fiduciary rule, investors are losing $1.9 million an hour, $46 million a day—and $17 billion a year. Read more >
Coalition Deploys to Defend Retirement Savings
An organization comprised of industry advocates and businesses is set out to expand Americans’ access to retirement plans and protect the system’s retirement tax incentives. Read more >
EBRI Calls for Auto Plan Portability
If workers could automatically roll their 401(k) plan over to a new employer, the Institute says this could generate an additional $2 trillion in retirement savings. Read more >
Practice Management
B/Ds That Support Advisers Boost Adviser Productivity
Their practice management programs also help attract and retain advisers. 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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