PLANADVISER Weekend Newsdash
Week ending April 21st, 2017
NOTE FROM THE EDITOR
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 >
MOST POPULAR STORIES
Another Stressed Union Pension to Get PBGC Support

The plan was projected to run out of money at some point this year, but the special financial assistance from PBGC should prevent this outcome.

Class Certified in 401(k) Plan Trustees’ Lawsuit Against John Hancock

The suit alleges that John Hancock Life Insurance Co. violated ERISA by retaining foreign tax credits generated by plans’ investments under a group variable annuity contract.

PPL Corp. and Mass Brigham General Face ERISA Lawsuits

Imprudent investments and excessive fees were themes of lawsuits filed last week against retirement plan fiduciaries.

70% of Eligible Employees Have Joined California’s State-Run Retirement Program

Early evidence suggests the mandate for employers that don’t offer a retirement plan to join CalSavers is driving adoption of new plans.

Retirement Plan Advisers Might Help Lessen ERISA Lawsuits by Adding Defensive Provisions
Advisers can assist plan sponsors with mitigating and preventing claims for benefits and other Employee Retirement Income Security Act claims.
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