PLANADVISER Weekend Newsdash
Week ending October 11th, 2019

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. 

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While Popular, Default Electronic Delivery of Plan Documents Irks Some
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. Read more >
New York Financial Services Regulator Starts Investigation of Annuities in 403(b)s
It is looking into whether agents are engaging in deceptive and unfair sales practices, such as failing to appropriately disclose product costs and merits. Read more >
Co-Founder of XY Planning on Why His Firm Has Sued the SEC Over Reg BI
The rule blurs the line between advice and sales, potentially hurting both advisers and investors, he says. Read more >
Senate Confirms Eugene Scalia as Labor Secretary
Eugene Scalia is known for having worked in the trenches of a number of labor issues for many years, and experts suggest he could have a big influence on the DOL’s agenda. Read more >
Risk Management for Advisers
Expert attorneys and fiduciary insurance carriers demonstrate how advisers can put their best foot forward. Read more >
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‘SECURE Act 2.0’ Appears Ready to Clear Committee

Sources say the House Ways and Means Committee will likely vote to advance the Securing a Strong Retirement Act of 2021, often called a follow-up to the SECURE Act, as soon as tomorrow afternoon.

Stimulus Bill Extends Some Provisions of the CARES Act

It also provides a way for retirement plan sponsors to avoid a partial plan termination.

House Ways and Means Committee Passes SECURE Act 2.0

The markup hearing, punctuated by a unanimous vote to advance the legislation, demonstrated that retirement security issues are capable of bringing together members of Congress who don’t agree on much else.

Warn Your Clients: Don’t Abuse Coronavirus Hardship Withdrawals
Though retirement plans can allow individuals to self-certify that they qualify for a penalty-free coronavirus-related distribution, should the IRS discover otherwise during a future audit, a participant can be subject to substantial penalties.
Ascensus Unveils AI-Driven Personalized Financial Wellness

The new offering is available through a partnership with Financial Finesse.

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