Happy Friday, readers! This weekend’s newsletter compiles recent coverage of the various retirement plan advisory industry regulators, particularly the Department of Labor and the Securities and Exchange Commission. We also examine reports that the New York State Department of Financial Services is planning to investigate sales of annuities in the 403(b) retirement plan market. We hope you will share some of what you read with a client or colleague.
Retirement plan service providers generally support making electronic delivery of documents the default, but print communication industry organizations and some consumer groups say the paper default should remain.
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With the coronavirus pandemic causing acute financial harm to so many Americans, plan sponsors may feel compelled to offer hardship withdrawal relief in their plans; plan advisers can help them make the best decisions for their workforce by, for example, endorsing loans over outright withdrawals.
A new district court decision finds Fidelity has breached its fiduciary duties in the operations of its own retirement plan; importantly, the ‘case stated’ ruling ‘addresses only the question of liability, not causation or loss.’