PLANADVISER Weekend Newsdash
Week ending April 28th, 2017
NOTE FROM THE EDITOR
Happy Friday, readers! We finally have a new Secretary of Labor, on the verge of President Trump’s 100th day in office. Andrew Acosta is known for a distinguished career in public service, and compared with the previous pick for the position, the response to the nomination and approval of Acosta has been far more positive, both on the left and the right of the political spectrum. Get the latest reporting on the Acosta confirmation and other pressing regulatory matters below, and have a great weekend! 
Editor's choice
New Pilot Takes the Helm at Department of Labor
The newly confirmed Secretary of Labor, Alexander Acosta, will steer from the top the effort to either overturn or leave in place the Obama-era fiduciary rule and other regulatory reforms. Read more >
Does White Labeling Conflict With Transparency Trends?
At a recent PLANADVISER focus group event, it was evident that small- and mid-market plan sponsors had little interest in “white labeling” investments—and their rationale might surprise you. Read more >
Few See Income Drop After Claiming Social Security
Data shared by the Investment Company Institute suggests Social Security is a kind of income bonus for many—not a final income lifeline to be tapped once other wealth runs out. Read more >
Bill Would Address Loan Repayments and Savings After a Hardship Withdrawal
The Shrinking Emergency Account Losses Act would allow employees to continue to contribute to their DC plans during the six months following a hardship withdrawal, among other things. Read more >
Most IRA Assets Flow From Employer Plans
A new study by the Center for Retirement Research explores the modern state of the individual retirement account and those who invest in it. Read more >
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Warn Your Clients: Don’t Abuse Coronavirus Hardship Withdrawals
Though retirement plans can allow individuals to self-certify that they qualify for a penalty-free coronavirus-related distribution, should the IRS discover otherwise during a future audit, a participant can be subject to substantial penalties.
A New World and New Opportunities for Alpha
Pandemic-driven volatility has once again highlighted the relative virtues of active and passive management.
Home Depot ERISA Lawsuit Clears Dismissal Motions

While a court has ruled the plan’s advisers should be carved out of the litigation, the counts against Home Depot fiduciaries will proceed.

AutoZone ERISA Suit Clears Motion to Dismiss

The district court declined to rule on the reasonableness of comparing actively managed funds to passively managed index funds on a motion to dismiss, clearing the way for discovery and potentially a full trial.

Intel Now Faces Consolidated Suit Over Alternatives in TDFs

Now that the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled on the meaning of 'actual knowledge,' Christopher Sulyma has joined a lawsuit filed against Intel last year.

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