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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CARES Act Update: A Few Important Points About Required Minimum Distributions

First the SECURE Act and now the CARES Act have made important changes to the rules for required minimum distributions from individual retirement accounts and 401(k)s.

Congress Passes $2 Trillion Coronavirus Stimulus Package

Retirement plan professionals who have navigated a severe natural disaster in their region will recognize many of the retirement plan-focused relief provisions to be implemented by Congress.

Stimulus Package Allows Early Withdrawals, Deferred RMDs and More

The retirement plan-focused provisions passed by the Senate last night are among many meant to ease the financial pressures posed by the coronavirus pandemic.

Hard Choices Ahead About Easing Hardship Withdrawals

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. 

Fidelity Found Liable for Certain Fiduciary Breaches

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.’

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