PLANADVISER Weekend Newsdash
Week ending September 13th, 2019

For the casual observer, the shifting tangle of laws and regulations governing the behaviors of retirement plan fiduciaries can seem almost comically complex. For industry practitioners, wrestling with regulatory compliance is a daily battle, and one with potentially dire personal and professional consequences. Below you will find a roundup of significant regulatory events from 2019. We hope you’ll share some of what you read with a client or colleague.

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Fiduciary Advisory Firms Sue to Block SEC’s Reg BI
Two advisory firms argue they are harmed by the “best interest” rule because it causes them a competitive disadvantage with respect to broker/dealers, and because the rule will increase rather than abate investor confusion. Read more >
State AGs’ Lawsuit Just One Part of Broader Fiduciary Fight
There is an all-out regulatory tug of war going on between consumer groups, the brokerage industry, the states and the SEC. Read more >
SEC Complaint Dissects Fee-Based Firm’s Revenue Sharing Strategy
The Securities and Exchange Commission takes issue with revenue sharing tied to a preferred broker’s “transaction fee” program, underscoring how fee-based advisers are not immune from allegations of conflicts of interest. Read more >
SEC Shakes Up the Proxy Voting Landscape
The Investment Adviser Association says the SEC’s proxy voting guidance will increase costs for advisers and also increase barriers to entry for proxy advisory firms.   Read more >
DOL Sends Electronic Disclosure Rule to OMB
The proposed rule, which the OMB has up to 60 days to review is aimed at reducing costs and improving participant understanding of retirement plan disclosures. Read more >
Corrections Made to ‘One-Bad-Apple’ Rule Proposal for MEPs
In July, the IRS proposed regulations that would provide an exception, if certain requirements are met, to the application of the “unified plan rule,” what the industry refers to as the “one-bad-apple rule,” for MEPs. Read more >
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Is the Traditional Fiduciary Insurance Model at Risk?
One legal professional at a fiduciary insurance firm argues that the ‘indiscriminate nature’ of recent ERISA lawsuit filings could eventually culminate in a crisis for the retirement plan industry’s current approach to risk management and fiduciary insurance.
'Massive' Fraud Charges Trigger Allianz Global Investors U.S. Sale to Voya

The SEC says the charges and settlement show even the most sophisticated institutional investors, like pension funds, can become victims of wrongdoing.

SEC Votes to Propose Updated Fund Name Rules, ESG Disclosures for RIAs

Wednesday was a busy day for the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, which voted to propose two separate regulations that will impact investment managers and registered investment advisers—and which sources say are likely to generate substantial public comment and debate.

Why Small Business Owners Often Resist 401(k)s

Two of the reasons most commonly cited by small business owners for not offering a retirement plan are the beliefs that their business is too small to qualify and that they can’t afford a match.

Retirement Industry People Moves

OneDigital names vice president of product; Advisor Group acquires Infinex; T. Rowe Price appoints senior ESG leader; Voya hires chief information security officer; and more.

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