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
Inheritance Pathways Exist to Replace Stretch IRAs
The SECURE Act is stalled in the U.S. Senate due in part to several lawmakers’ concerns that it does away with so-called “stretch IRAs,” but tax and inheritance experts say other effective tax mitigation strategies are available.
SECURE Act Update: Revisions to Model Rollover Notices

Although the landmark legislation will take years before it is fully implemented, many of the provisions are already in effect—including two that require immediate changes to the 402(f) notice given to participants to help them understand their rollover options.

Washington Update: Industry Turns Attention to Portman-Cardin Bill
The president’s budget proposal may be short on retirement reforms, but members of Congress are already looking beyond the SECURE Act.
‘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.”
FINRA Wants to Help You With Reg BI Compliance

As the enforcement date approaches for the sweeping Regulation Best Interest rulemaking package, FINRA is working hand-in-hand with the SEC to ensure effective coordination—and to support advisers working on associated compliance challenges.

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