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. 

Editor's choice
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’ Likely to Become a Reality

Retirement Plan Execs Confident Senate Will Pass the Bill Into Law

10th Circuit Affirms Great-West Fee Suit Dismissal

The district court ruling in the case, now backed by an appeals court, stands out for having been filed alongside a sanction declaring the plaintiff’s law firm Schlichter Bogard & Denton behaved “recklessly.”

Scrutinizing TDFs and Considering Balanced Funds
Both options hold more than a trillion dollars in assets; weighing their relative merits remains an important task for advisers and their clients.
Seeing the Bigger QDIA Picture
Are custom solutions worth the effort? Is passive more appropriate than active? It all depends on the adviser and the client.
With Prudential Acquisition, Empower Aims for Growth Up to 3x Faster Than Other Recordkeepers

The CEO of the nation’s No. 2 recordkeeper says Empower’s focus will continue to be on a best-in-class user experience.

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