PLANADVISER Weekend Newsdash
Week ending September 23rd, 2016
NOTE FROM THE EDITOR
Happy Friday, readers! This week’s mailing takes a close look at some of the most pressing compliance issues from the perspective of DC specialist plan advisers. Trusted ERISA experts outline the new standards for making referrals under the fiduciary rule, discuss opportunities and challenges related to sweep programs, and outline the shifting taxation requirements associated with 457(f) plans. 
Editor's choice
Referrals Under the Final Fiduciary Rule
The rule provides that recommending a fiduciary investment adviser to an IRA owner in exchange for a referral fee, such as a solicitor’s fee, is a fiduciary act. And, under the rule, virtually every adviser will be a fiduciary. Read more >
Don’t Forget About Sweep Programs
A sweep program, fund or similar device is a common means used by retirement plan advisers and their affiliates to hold account assets on a short-term basis pending an investment or other transaction. These programs may give rise to prohibited transaction issues under the Internal Revenue Code or the Employee Retirement Income Security Act.  Read more >
Government Plans Will Receive Face-Lift
Unlike 457(b) plans and tax-qualified plans such as 401(k)s, there is no limit on the amount that may be deferred under a 457(f) plan. However, 457(f) plans suffer an important disadvantage when compared with those other types of plans; specifically, the amounts deferred are taxable to the employee when they become vested, rather than when they are paid to him. Read more >
The 'Threat' of the PPA
Thanks to the Pension Protection Act of 2006, we are able to assume that most plan sponsors can add automated plan features if they are interested, and we often question why a plan wouldn’t be interested in such a design feature. Read more >
Momentum
Besides getting people participating in retirement plans, the PPA also provided employers with a chance to improve employees’ asset allocation. It opened the floodgates for target-date funds and set the stage for a high level of comfort for plan sponsors to use TDFs as the qualified default investment alternative. Read more >
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Many Retirees Spending More Than They Expected

However, retirees spend 32% less than non-retirees.

First Deadline Looming for SEC Electronic Disclosure Compliance

When the SEC adopted the new Rule 30e-3 earlier this year, creating a new system for electronic delivery of fund information, it also established a transition disclosure period that starts in January, during which "funds that choose to implement the new delivery method for shareholder reports provide prominent disclosures in prospectuses and certain other shareholder documents that will notify investors of the upcoming change in transmission format.”

Progressive Plan Design Features Have Moved Down-Market
These are streamlining plan administration, increasing investment diversification and improving participant outcomes.
MetLife Pension Calculations Questioned in ERISA Complaint

The complaint suggests MetLife is failing to meet its obligations to ensure different annuity options offered to pension plan participants are actuarially equivalent default benefit, as required under ERISA.

Employee Knowledge Levels Indicate Need for Financial Wellness Education

Employees expressed concerns about budgeting, health care and emergency funds, and low levels of knowledge about financial and retirement topics were reported.

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

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

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