PLANSPONSOR Weekend Newsdash
Week ending May 26th, 2017
NOTE FROM THE EDITOR
Happy Friday, readers! Following months of uncertainty it now appears inevitable that the Department of Labor fiduciary rule reforms championed by President Obama will indeed be allowed to take effect. Below you will find our latest coverage and helpful context about the regulations and the compliance transition period that is about to commence. While the ultimate future of the rulemaking remains unknown, it cannot be denied that the regulations have already driven tremendous change in the retirement planning industry.  
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PSNC 2017 Preview: Washington Update
This year the panel features Bradford Campbell, partner, Drinker Biddle and Reath LLP, and former Assistant Secretary of Labor overseeing the DOL’s Employee Benefits Security Administration under President G.W. Bush; as well as Michael Kreps, principal, Groom Law Group, and former Senior Pensions and Employment Counsel for the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions from the 110th through the 114th Congresses.  Read more >
How Workable Is the BICE?
Assuming the Department of Labor does not replace the current version of the BIC exemption, the requirements are so burdensome that using it for this fee structure would be impractical, according to one trusted pair of ERISA attorneys.  Read more >
Fiduciary Crunch Time
Retirement industry providers are preparing responses to the fiduciary rule. Those who were depending on the new President and Congress to halt the rulemaking have been caught flat footed.  Read more >
Fiduciary Rule Debate Impacts State-Run Plans for Private Sector
A new bill introduced by Senate minority Democrats, seeking to protect ERISA exemptions for state- and city-run retirement plans for the private sector, would likely be made redundant with the removal of the Obama-era fiduciary rules. Read more >
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Hardship Withdrawal Changes Included in Budget Deal

Several provisions of the two-year budget bill affect retirement plans.

Fee and Industry Shifts Mean Retirement Plan Providers Can Play Hardball
A look back at how Fidelity will charge new plan sponsor clients on its platform who choose Vanguard products makes visible the hard-nosed competition that defines the retirement plan recordkeeping and brokerage industries.
2018 TOP 100 Retirement Plan Advisers
Each year PLANADVISER magazine recognizes the top quantitative standouts from our Retirement Plan Adviser Survey according to the dollar value of qualified plan AUA as well as the number of plans under advisement.
Retirement Planning More a Focus for Those Participating in Retirement Plans

An analysis from Pew Charitable Trusts shows a correlation between access to and participation in workplace-based retirement savings programs and more planning and saving.

Robo-Adviser Tech Enthusiasts Report Less Provider Trust

While they are less trusting of their advisers and providers, clients who identify as “online enthusiasts” have increased the amount of market risk they are taking.

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

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

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