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Week ending August 12th, 2016
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Supreme Court’s ‘Montanile’ Decision Makes Waves
A recent decision by the U.S. Supreme Court seems to limit the ability of ERISA plans to seek equitable relief or reimbursement of payments from a third-party recovery—especially in cases where the money is not quickly and formally pursued. Read more >
SCOTUS Decision Could Impact Retirement Plans
A notice from the IRS gives guidance to plan sponsors, applying the Supreme Court’s same-sex marriage case to retirement plans, as well as other benefits. The landmark case, Obergefell v. Hodges, decided in June 2015, held that under the 14th Amendment states cannot deny same-gender couples the right to marry and must recognize same-gender marriages performed in other states.   Read more >
SCOTUS Again Remands Stock Drop Case
The Supreme Court in January returned Amgen’s ESOP case to the lower court for a second time. Read more >
SCOTUS Gives Verizon PRT Suit New Life
The U.S. Supreme Court found an appellate decision regarding a Verizon pension plan risk transfer flawed, considering the trust law underpinnings of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act. Read more >
What a SCOTUS Vacancy Means for the Retirement Plan Industry
The late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia had a direct (but not necessarily pivotal) role in shaping many of the SCOTUS decisions tracked in recent years by the retirement planning industry. Read more >
Advisers Beware and Be Cautious When Talking Taxes in 2018

During a webinar called to discuss the advisory industry impacts of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, experts warned advisers to be ready to decline to offer tax advice during 2018—over and over again.

Three Quarters of Americans Have Not Planned for LTC Needs

Yet nearly six in 10 say saving for long-term care is a financial priority

Confusion Abounds After Fifth Circuit Decision Vacates DOL Fiduciary Rule

The latest decision out of the Fifth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals throws a dramatic new element of confusion into the epic regulatory saga that has been the rollout of the Department of Labor fiduciary rule.

Wells Fargo Advisors SEC Filing Hints at Federal Fiduciary Investigation

The firm says it does not have additional information to share at this juncture beyond what has been noted in a 2017 year-end SEC filing; in that newly emerged document, Wells Fargo Advisors says it has begun an internal investigation into “whether there have been inappropriate referrals or recommendations” made by its advisors, including with respect to rollovers for 401(k) plan participants.

Advisers Moving to a Client-Centric Model

Advisers are using new planning models and smarter technology, including automation, so that they can offer personalized service, SEI finds.

Editorial: Alison Cooke Mintzer

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