PLANADVISER Weekend Newsdash
Week ending April 7th, 2017
NOTE FROM THE EDITOR
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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Compliance
DOL Delays Fiduciary Rule by 60 Days
The Department is making the move in response to the Trump memorandum. Read more >
Compliance
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 >
Compliance
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 >
Compliance
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 >
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Assessing Likely Impacts of IRS Hardship Withdrawal Rule Changes
New rules established by Congress and the IRS simplify the process for participants to request a hardship withdrawal of DC plan assets; some experts say this could increase “leakage,” while others anticipate more positive effects, such as lower debt among cash-strapped participants.
What Is a DOL Adviser Investigation Like?
The number of Department of Labor investigations of financial advisers has steadily increased over the years; here is a primer on the DOL’s sources of authority, and what to expect when examiners come knocking.
Managed Account QDIA Mechanics Challenge Plan Sponsor Clients
ERISA attorneys and plan design consultants say they are hearing more questions from sponsors about using managed accounts as a plan’s default investment, but the most common use case remains opt-in managed accounts.
Court Returns Mixed Ruling in Schwab ERISA Self-Dealing Suit

The detailed ruling comes after Schwab defendants moved to dismiss in part the plaintiff’s second amended complaint. 

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

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