PLANADVISER Weekend Newsdash
Week ending June 23rd, 2017
NOTE FROM THE EDITOR
Happy Friday, readers! This weekend’s mailing highlights the latest feature articles and research from PLANADVISER print. Complementing our daily online news coverage, our bimonthly print edition takes a deeper dive into the topics and trends that matter most for retirement specialist advisers. It also features thought-provoking artwork, insights from esteemed ERISA expert columnists, and though-leadership from top providers.
Editor's choice
401(k) Rollovers to IRAs
How does the delay of the DOL fiduciary rule affect my responsibilities when I recommend that participants take distributions from an ERISA plan and roll them over to an individual retirement account that I will advise? Read more >
Plan Assets and Prohibited Transactions
When analyzing whether a prohibited transaction has occurred, there are certain threshold questions that need to be asked. If the alleged violation is said to be an Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) Section 406(b) violation, it is necessary to establish that at least one of the parties is a fiduciary and that plan assets were involved. The presence of plan assets will be obvious but not in all cases. Read more >
SEC Weighs In On ‘Robo-Advisers’
In February, the Division of Investment Management of the Securities and Exchange Commission issued guidance on how registered investment advisers who act as “robo-advisers” may comply with the Investment Advisers Act of 1940. In the guidance, the SEC provided some insights as to what it may view as shortcomings in current robo-adviser program offerings. Read more >
2017 PLANADVISER DCIO Survey
Now in its sixth year of publication, the PLANADVISER Defined Contribution Investment Only Survey continues its trend of finding a steady increase in DC plan assets among the survey’s 41 participating providers. Read more >
Editor’s Letter: Kicking the Can
The fiduciary rule is here and in effect … for now. On the morning of May 24, as I started to make sense of my email, I noticed one from the DOL and saw a news alert about the fiduciary rule. Turns out Secretary of Labor R. Alexander Acosta had written an op-ed about the status of the rule, and at the same time the DOL had released a set of FAQs and a field assistance bulletin about it. Read more >
MOST POPULAR STORIES
The New Vesting Schedule Debate
Surveys and anecdotal evidence suggest plan sponsors are shortening their plan’s vesting periods, but there remains disagreement in the industry about whether vesting schedules may in fact disappear.
Why Are Financial Services Firms Looking to Wealth Management Leaders?
The short answer is that more financial services firms are looking at their wealth management divisions as drivers of growth; the long answer is a lot more complicated.
The Future of Work in the Investment Industry

The CFA Institute’s recent report examines leading trends and explores the future of work in the investment industry.

GOP Attorneys General Question BlackRock on Fiduciary, Antitrust Concerns

Nineteen Republican state attorneys general signed a letter to BlackRock seeking ‘clarification on actions that appear to have been motivated by interests other than maximizing financial return.’

A Reminder to Avoid Fraudulent Hardship Withdrawals

An individual in Ohio was recently indicted by a grand jury on charges that he fraudulently claimed the assets he withdrew from his retirement account would be used to purchase a primary residence and to pay medical expenses.

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