PLANADVISER Weekend Newsdash
Week ending April 8th, 2016
NOTE FROM THE EDITOR
Happy Friday PLANADVISER readers! It goes without saying that it has been a big week for the retirement plan advisory industry, with the long-awaited release of the Department of Labor’s final fiduciary rule coming Wednesday morning. The industry’s mostly positive reaction makes clear the serious compromises worked into the final rule language, compared with previous proposed versions from 2010 and 2015. Our weekend newsletter has all the information and analysis you need to get caught up on All Things Fiduciary. 
Editor's choice
Most Reacting Positively to Fiduciary Rule
Consumer groups were especially pleased with the final rule. Nancy Zirkin, executive vice president and director of policy at The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, said, “This common sense rule will ensure that when working Americans turn to financial professionals for help, they will get honest advice that’s in their best interest—not a self-serving sales pitch.” Read more >
Fiduciary Rule Shows Washington Compromise Can Still Happen
More than a few industry insiders and analysts have tipped their hats to DOL and Labor Secretary Perez for listening carefully to criticism and reshaping some of the most controversial elements of the new fiduciary rule. Read more >
Americans Strongly Back Fiduciary Reform
A strong majority of investors surveyed by Financial Engines believes advisers should be legally required to provide “non-conflicted advice” in retirement planning contexts.  Read more >
MOST POPULAR STORIES
Half of Households Likely to Face a Retirement Shortfall

Looking at whether retirees will be able to replace 75% of their final-year earnings, the Center for Retirement Research at Boston College found the number of households at risk of facing a shortfall range from 42% to 60%.

Proposed Hardship Withdrawal Amended Regulations Issued by IRS

Under the proposed regulations, 401(k) plan sponsors could choose to make additional accounts available for hardship withdrawals.

Wells Fargo’s Annual Retirement Study Portrays an Industry in Transition

Executives overseeing the survey report agreed that the U.S. is just beginning to see the real impact of decades of public policy decisions and private employer efforts to fundamentally reshape the retirement landscape.  

Average Age Americans Plan to Retire Is 62

However, only 56% of people have calculated how much income they need to retire, MassMutual learned in a survey.

Lack of Emergency Savings Intersects Retirement Concerns

The majority of respondents to a Cuna Mutual Group survey feel positive about their prospects for upward wealth mobility; on the other hand, a quarter say they have no emergency savings.

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

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

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