PLANSPONSOR Weekend Newsdash
Week ending November 11th, 2016
Happy Friday, readers. What a truly dynamic news week it has been—certainly one for the U.S. history books. This week’s presidential election result, it must be said, opens up just as many questions as it answered. Facing the prospect of a Donald Trump presidency is daunting for some and exhilarating for others, but all of us are facing a new future together after a remarkable (and lengthy) campaign season. In that spirit, collected below are a few highlights from our recent political coverage, offering some food for thought about what might lie ahead. 
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House Republicans Propose Tax and Retirement Policy Changes
A Neuberger Berman analysis shows that House Republicans’ tax and retirement policy proposals may suggest a push toward a universal savings account and a consolidation of current tax code retirement savings provisions. Read more >
Post Budget Act Stumble, Congress Tries Again to Impact Fiduciary Rule
It’s a particular skill of Congress to make the improbable appear promising—whether it comes to overturning the Affordable Care Act or, as was the case this week, delaying the DOL’s fiduciary reform. Read more >
How Tax Reform Could Affect Retirement Plans
Several proposed tax reforms would restructure how retirement vehicles are taxed and could negatively impact retirement plans in a number of ways. Read more >
Employee Benefits and Presidential Politics
What the outcome of the election could mean for the employee benefits industry. Read more >
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.

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.

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.

DISRUPTION: Insider Service and Strategy Talk With PGIM
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.

Editorial: Alison Cooke Mintzer

Advertising: Paul Zampitella

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