PLANSPONSOR Weekend Newsdash
Week ending June 2nd, 2017
NOTE FROM THE EDITOR
Happy Friday, readers! This week brought another interesting development in the ongoing saga that is the implementation of the Department of Labor’s strict new fiduciary rule, in the form of a statement issued by new SEC Chair Jay Clayton. The messaging seems to indicate that DOL and SEC remain interested in improving protections for retail and retirement investors—despite the Trump administration’s anti-regulatory rhetoric. Find our full coverage and helpful context below.
Editor's choice
SEC Chair Clayton’s Recent Fiduciary Comments Are Revealing
The SEC chair issued only a brief statement on his intention to work with DOL officials on reforming conflict of interest regulations—but his language is revealing. Read more >
Mandatory RIA Succession Planning in the Works at SEC
The Securities and Exchange Commission is proposing a new rule and rule amendments under the Investment Advisers Act of 1940 aimed at bolstering advisory industry succession planning. Read more >
Bill Would Encourage More Employee Stock Ownership
The legislation would reform the Securities and Exchange Commission Rule 701, which imposes a slew of regulations on small businesses, especially newly formed start-ups. Read more >
FINRA and SEC Announce Compliance Forum for B/Ds
Cybersecurity, investing by seniors, and other regulatory topics of interest will be discussed. Read more >
On What Authority?
DOL’s authority to regulate the financial services industry is separate from the authority conferred on the SEC, FINRA and state insurance, and other, regulators. Notwithstanding the potential conflicts and overlaps, the courts appear to believe that the DOL and other regulators can co-exist and effectively regulate together. Read more >
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Tax Bill Passed By Senate Backs Off 457(b), 403(b) Plan Changes

It appears some last-minute amendments have largely removed controversial provisions from the Senate’s version of tax reform legislation that would have had a big impact on governmental 457 and nonprofit 403(b) plan sponsors.

Pass-Through Tax Reform Impact on Small Businesses May Be Mitigated via Roth

The American Retirement Association says that tax reform could be a disincentive for small businesses to offer retirement plans; however, as one reader shares, there are counter considerations having to do with Roth 401(k) options that could mitigate some of the concern.

Settlement Ends Fujitsu Lawsuit Filed Over Plan Fees, Custom TDFs

In their lawsuit, the plaintiffs called the Fujitsu plan one of the most expensive in the country and specifically called out the design and implementation of the plan’s custom target-date funds.

CenturyLink Sued by Plan Participants Over Large Cap Stock Fund Construction

Plan fiduciaries are accused of breaching their duties in the design, management, operation and administration of an active large cap U.S. stock fund offered as a core menu investment option.

DOL Rule Provides Tailwind for Adoption of Outsourced Fiduciary Services

For the $5 million to $500 million DC plan market, advisers and consultants offering 3(38) discretionary investment advice are more common.

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

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

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