Happy Friday, readers! This weekend’s newsletter offers up highlights from our latest bi-monthly edition of PLANADVISER print. Complementing our daily online news coverage and conference events, the print magazine takes a deeper dive into the most pressing issues facing retirement plan professionals today. The print edition also features our latest proprietary research data and insights from skilled ERISA attorney columnists. Visit our homepage for subscription information.
Self-directed brokerage windows are commonly a large-plan element. According to the 2016 PLANSPONSOR Defined Contribution Survey: Plan Benchmarking, only 18.7% of plans of all sizes have a brokerage window.
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Notwithstanding the uncertain future of the fiduciary rule, the favorable litigation outcomes secured by DOL may have numerous implications regarding how the agency staff views its rulemaking and interpretive authority, and may also embolden its future litigation and enforcement efforts.
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“I am a fiduciary adviser to ERISA plans and IRAs, and I charge an asset-based fee. I don’t receive any other payment, direct or indirect, in connection with these services, and my fee satisfies the definition of level fee under the Best Interest Contract exemption. May I charge a level fee for advising on the portion of the client’s portfolio that is allocated to equities but a lower level-fee for the portion allocated to fixed-income investments?”
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With the passage of the SECURE Act by the House of Representatives, experts tell PLANADVISER they are optimistic that agreement will be reached with the Senate during this Congress, but the many supporters of retirement reform will have to wait and see how compromise might be reached.
MassMutual says a married couple that lives into their 90s but decides to begin their Social Security benefits at age 62 as opposed to age 70 could be leaving as much as half a million dollars on the table, or forfeiting $2,000 to $4,000 a month for life.
One retirement industry executive says she believes the Senate could act quite quickly in taking up the SECURE Act, which just passed the House of Representatives with a practically unanimous yea vote.
Retirement plan advisers with established 401(k) businesses are finding new revenue streams and client engagement opportunities among nonprofits and educational institutions, and in the area of estate planning.