PLANSPONSOR Weekend Newsdash
Week ending April 21st, 2017
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. 
Editor's choice
Window Guard
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. Read more >
Thinking Efficiently
Strategies and solutions to help retirement plan advisers cultivate the small-plan market.  Read more >
Fiduciary Rule Litigation
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. Read more >
Varying Fees
“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?” Read more >
Trump Orders and Employee Benefits
Will the updating of existing regulations be treated as new regulations? 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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