PLANADVISER Weekend Newsdash
Week ending August 9th, 2019

Happy Friday, readers! This weekend’s mailing focuses on the ever evolving topic of regulatory compliance. Below you will find our latest coverage of the DOL, SEC, FINRA and state-based regulators. Particularly timely is the news about New York’s expanded “best interest” standard, which took effect on August 1st for annuity contracts and will take effect February 1, 2020, for life insurance policies. In a new decision, the New York Supreme Court calls the expansion “a rational and reasonable movement towards consumer protection.” We hope you share some of what you read with a client or colleague.

Regulatory Radar
New York’s Top Court Endorses Fiduciary Standard for Insurance Sales
New York’s expanded “best interest” standard took effect on August 1st for annuity contracts and will take effect February 1, 2020, for life insurance policies. In a new decision, the New York Supreme Court calls the expansion “a rational and reasonable movement towards consumer protection.” Read more >
Hopes for Upset in FINRA Board Election
A contested election for a seat on the FINRA Board of Governors will be settled at the annual meeting of member firms on August 19. PLANADVISER spoke recently with both candidates in the tight race for the open large firm seat. Read more >
DOL Issues Final Prohibited Transaction Exemption for Auto-Portability
Now that participants’ small balances may be automatically transferred to their new 401(k) account, Retirement Clearinghouse expects to see a lot of business. Read more >
A DOL Secretary Scalia Would Quickly Find Direction
Having served as the DOL Solicitor General under the Bush Administration, experts suggest, Eugene Scalia would likely hit the ground running as a Labor Secretary with a conservative agenda. Read more >
For a Limited Time, MEPs Can Fix This Form 5500 Mistake
In a new Field Assistance Bulletin, the DOL addresses a set of common errors made by multiple employer plans as they attempt to comply with a reporting rule introduced in 2014. Read more >
MOST POPULAR STORIES
‘Stretch IRAs,’ Multigenerational Inheritance and the SECURE Act
Low and middle-income Americans struggling to save for retirement are depending on the U.S. Senate to pass the SECURE Act, advocates say. At present, one roadblock seems to the law’s treatment of “stretch IRAs.”
SECURE Act Ensnared in Senate After Flying Through House
Washington insiders say Senator Ted Cruz is probably the biggest roadblock to the SECURE Act being passed in the near-term under unanimous consent; among other issues, he wants the bill to allow people to use tax-advantaged 529 college savings accounts to pay for home school expenses.
Retirement Industry People Moves

Gramercy Funds hires global head of business development; Ascensus acquires retirement and benefits solution adviser; Private equity director joins Hirtle Callaghan; and more. 

Walgreen Sued for Keeping Underperforming TDFs in 401(k)

Despite a market “teeming with better-performing alternatives,” the plaintiffs say, Walgreen selected the Northern Trust Funds, which already had a history of poor performance.

Upset in FINRA Board Large Seat Election

Board of Governors candidate-by-petition Chris Flint has defeated the FINRA-preferred candidate Andrew Duff.

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

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

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