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Week ending October 28th, 2016
Happy Friday, readers. After seemingly endless coverage, discussion and debate, what remains to be said about the Department of Labor fiduciary rule? Quite a lot, it seems. This week the DOL published an extensive FAQ document detailing the rule implementation process slated for 2017 and 2018—and providing crucial details about how the Best Interest Contract Exemption and other rule provisions will be applied. The full picture is presented below. 
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Technology-Committed Firms See a Lot to Like in DOL Fiduciary FAQ
Attorneys and executives working for robo advice technology providers suggest the DOL fiduciary rule—as enumerated by the new FAQ publication—paves the way for their approach to succeed. Read more >
No Doubt Commissions Are Fading
At a high level, financial services firms are changing their salesforce compensation structure to regulate total returns for their sales teams and reflect their evolving corporate goals and strategies.  Read more >
Being a Fee-Only Fiduciary
The final rulemaking makes clear that, in the DOL’s view, a recommendation to take a distribution from an ERISA-covered plan and roll it over to an IRA (or from one IRA to another) presents a conflict to the adviser that should be addressed through a prohibited transaction exemption. Read more >
Going Live With Fiduciary Changes Takes Time
It’s not just enough to understand what changes need to be made to comply with the stricter fiduciary standard—it’s also crucial to plan for how such changes will be implemented, step by step.  Read more >
DOL Conflict of Interest Rule Could Force Staff Changes
More than half of broker/dealers surveyed by the LIMRA Secure Retirement Institute believe some of their advisers will retire rather than sell under the new. Read more >
Nearly Three-Quarters of Boomers Want to Delay Retirement

More than three in 10 have no retirement budget.

Will SCOTUS Decide the Fate of the DOL Fiduciary Rule?

Some ERISA attorneys argue the Fifth Circuit decision last week to vacate entirely the DOL’s fiduciary rule expansion makes a Supreme Court decision on the matter inevitable; others are less sure that a decisive SCOTUS decision could be forthcoming, instead expecting the SEC to take the lead; still others admit they have little idea how the regulatory picture will shake out, recommending patience and ongoing compliance.

Confusion Abounds After Fifth Circuit Decision Vacates DOL Fiduciary Rule

The latest decision out of the Fifth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals throws a dramatic new element of confusion into the epic regulatory saga that has been the rollout of the Department of Labor fiduciary rule.

Many Americans Would Forego Social Security Payments for Student Loan Debt Forgiveness

The Student Security Act of 2017​ would grant $550 in student loan forgiveness for each month a student debtor was willing to raise his or her full retirement age, or $6,600 per year.

Retirement Programs Must Continue to Evolve to Address Participant Needs
Chuck Coldwell, vice president - national director, Consulting and BOLI Services at Pentegra, believes as an industry, we still have not reached the goal of getting the majority of participants in a good place for retirement—even with auto enroll and escalate.

Editorial: Alison Cooke Mintzer

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