Happy Friday, readers. Over the past few weeks a clear theme has emerged among the many research reports and studies shared with PLANADVISER. It seems that financial services firms of all descriptions—banks, brokerages, recordkeepers—are focused on new ways to build client trust and measure the quality of the client experience. Collected below are some highlights that should offer helpful perspective for any DC advisory practices engaged in this critical effort.
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.
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.
In an exclusive interview with PLANADVISER, PGIM Head of Institutional Defined Contribution Josh Cohen offers some guidance to advisers speaking with plan sponsors about litigation, fiduciary risk and progressive plan design.