PLANADVISER Weekend Newsdash
Week ending June 14th, 2019

Happy Friday, readers! After months of waiting, the SEC has revealed the final version of Regulation Best Interest. Find our Reg BI coverage below, along with the latest from the Department of Labor and Congress. We hope you share some of what you read with a client or colleague.

Reg BI and More
Reg BI Could Make It Easier for B/Ds to Compete With Retirement Plan Advisers
Experts say the new SEC rules could allow brokers to encroach into the traditional territory of advisers without having to meet the same fiduciary standard of care. Read more >
Tracking SECURE Act, RESA, DOL Developments and More
On June 5, the opening day of the 2019 PLANSPONSOR National Conference, David N. Levine, a principal with Groom Law Group, and Robin M. Solomon, a partner at Ivins, Phillips & Barker, discussed the Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement Act, which recently passed the House by a practically unanimous margin of 417 – 3. Read more >
Groups Ask DOL to Make 401(k) Electronic Delivery the Default
ICI, SPARK and the ACLI are among the eight organizations making the request. Read more >
Just Hours Left to Comment on N.J. Fiduciary Rule
All eyes might be on the SEC’s pending vote on Regulation Best Interest, but ERISA attorneys with Stradley Ronon suggest New Jersey is now “the state to watch” for advisers and brokers tracking the development of conflict of interest regulations. Read more >
SEC Examiners Warn About Cloud Storage Risks for Advisers
SEC inspection staffers have identified growing security risks associated with advisers’ storage of electronic customer recorders in cloud-based platforms—and they will be watching for non-compliance in this area. Read more >
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Franklin Templeton to Acquire Putnam for $925 Million

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Congress Says It Will Fix at Least 4 Errors in SECURE 2.0

The errors include the startup credit, RMD, SIMPLE IRA plans and Roth catch-ups.

Smart Acquires Managed Account Provider ProManage

Following Smart’s recent $95 million Series E funding round, the acquisition takes Smart’s global assets under management total to more than $10 billion.

Recordkeeper “House” Investment Options Worth a Look, But Carefully, Advisers Say

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FINRA Fines Vanguard for Overstating Money Market Projections

A ‘technical’ issue led to overstated projections of yield and income for nine money market funds for about 8.5 million accounts.

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