PLANSPONSOR Weekend Newsdash
Week ending August 26th, 2016
NOTE FROM THE EDITOR
Happy Friday, readers! Being a defined contribution retirement plan industry specialist, you’re probably already aware that we just passed the 10-year anniversary of the signing of the Pension Protection Act. Known as the PPA, few pieces of legislation adopted since the initial passage of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act some four decades ago have had as big an impact on our industry and daily work. Collected below is some of our special coverage marking the anniversary of the PPA and exploring the ongoing impacts of the landmark retirement law.  
Editor's choice
10 Years Out from PPA, Advisers More Pivotal Than Ever
Advisers are working with more plans today than they ever have—completing more services for more diverse types of clients than was the case prior to the full implementation of the Pension Protection Act. Read more >
Retirement Security 10 Years After the PPA
While industry practitioners often have deeply held convictions about how to improve the U.S. retirement system, there are already many things plan advisers can do under current legislation and regulations to improve retirement security of American workers. Read more >
QDIA Trends Still Taking Shape 10 Years After PPA
Alongside the use of automatic enrollment, the biggest development in QDIAs in the past 10 years has been the replacement of stable value or money market funds as the default with TDFs. Read more >
DB Pension Funding Still a Battleground Post-PPA
Starting with the Pension Protection Act, the U.S. Congress has tweaked and amended pension funding rules a handful of times in rennet years, but has it work? Read more >
PPA Reduced Lawsuits Against Cash Balance Plans
Nearly as soon as cash balance plans were developed, participants began suing them, with the majority of the cases based on age discrimination. Read more >
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Tax Bill Passed By Senate Backs Off 457(b), 403(b) Plan Changes

It appears some last-minute amendments have largely removed controversial provisions from the Senate’s version of tax reform legislation that would have had a big impact on governmental 457 and nonprofit 403(b) plan sponsors.

Spouses Play Increasingly Influential Role Alongside Advisers

Advisers focused on client retention take heed—spouses are increasingly influencing retirement income planning decisions, says Hearts & Wallets research.

CenturyLink Sued by Plan Participants Over Large Cap Stock Fund Construction

Plan fiduciaries are accused of breaching their duties in the design, management, operation and administration of an active large cap U.S. stock fund offered as a core menu investment option.

Settlement Ends Fujitsu Lawsuit Filed Over Plan Fees, Custom TDFs

In their lawsuit, the plaintiffs called the Fujitsu plan one of the most expensive in the country and specifically called out the design and implementation of the plan’s custom target-date funds.

Pass-Through Tax Reform Impact on Small Businesses May Be Mitigated via Roth

The American Retirement Association says that tax reform could be a disincentive for small businesses to offer retirement plans; however, as one reader shares, there are counter considerations having to do with Roth 401(k) options that could mitigate some of the concern.

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

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

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