PLANADVISER Weekend Newsdash
Week ending November 6th, 2015
NOTE FROM THE EDITOR
Another work week has come and gone, leaving us all plenty of market and regulatory news to digest. Whether you’re following the Financial Engines acquisition or the Boeing fee case settlement, this edition of PLANADVISERweekend has the information you need to get a jump on Monday.
Editor's choice
Financial Engines to Acquire Brick-and-Mortar Advisory
Not convinced that robo-advisers are shaking up the defined contribution retirement plan advisory space? This week’s news that digital-advice darling Financial Engines will acquire a firmly established traditional advisory chain, The Mutual Fund Store, might finally change your mind. Read more >
Settlement Terms and Price Tag Revealed in Boeing Fee Case
The retirement planning industry already knew Boeing would settle the nearly decade-old 401(k) litigation, but a trove of new details emerged this week as both parties agreed to final settlement terms.   Read more >
Does the Intel Retirement Plans Case Have Merit?
The Department of Labor itself encourages retirement plan sponsors to consider custom target-date funds in ERISA plans, yet this week the use of such funds was questioned by a lawsuit filed against Intel. PLANADVISER reached out to Marcia Wagner, principle with Wagner Law Group in Boston, for comments about the case. Read more >
Cerulli Forecasts $7.8T Robo Market
The rapidly expanding retail channel also means rapid growth in robo-advice providers, according to Cerulli Associates.  Read more >
Using ACA as Bridge to Retirement Health Coverage
There are some deep-seated and opposing opinions about what the ACA is doing to the American health care system, but Prudential says those who have left full-time jobs and are under age 65 might have the most to gain. Read more >
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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.
Home Depot ERISA Lawsuit Clears Dismissal Motions

While a court has ruled the plan’s advisers should be carved out of the litigation, the counts against Home Depot fiduciaries will proceed.

A New World and New Opportunities for Alpha
Pandemic-driven volatility has once again highlighted the relative virtues of active and passive management.
AutoZone ERISA Suit Clears Motion to Dismiss

The district court declined to rule on the reasonableness of comparing actively managed funds to passively managed index funds on a motion to dismiss, clearing the way for discovery and potentially a full trial.

Intel Now Faces Consolidated Suit Over Alternatives in TDFs

Now that the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled on the meaning of 'actual knowledge,' Christopher Sulyma has joined a lawsuit filed against Intel last year.

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