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
Retirement Plan Cybersecurity the Issue in a New Lawsuit

A retirement plan participant who had $99,000 stolen from her account has sued the plan sponsor and plan providers.

How Retirement Plan Advisers Justify Their Fees

One adviser charges a flat fee up to certain asset levels, and then additional basis points as plans grow, while another emphasizes the detailed, time-intensive fiduciary work he does for clients when asking for a fee increase.

In-Plan Guaranteed Income Will Always Be a Challenge

There is clearly a growing interest among retirement plan industry stakeholders in providing guaranteed income annuity options within defined contribution plans, yet consensus remains elusive.

IRS Plan Includes Guidance on Student Loan Payments and Retirement Plans

The IRS says the published guidance process can be successful only if it has the benefit of the insight and experience of taxpayers and practitioners. It invites the public to provide comments and suggestions.

Broadridge Acquisition of Fi360 Underlines RIA Fiduciary Evolution

Leading up to its own acquisition by the larger Broadridge organization, Fi360 had been actively acquiring other fiduciary solutions firms, aiming to build a comprehensive suite of RIA services.

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

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