PLANSPONSOR Weekend Newsdash
Week ending November 20th, 2015
One of this week’s top-read stories led PLANADVISER to chat with ERISA attorney David Levine for a deeper dive into auto-IRAs and state-run plans for the private sector. See below for our story about the DOL’s guidance for states; a look at how different demographics prioritize spending and saving; more on the role of health savings accounts; and still more industry reaction (both positive and negative) to the DOL fiduciary proposal.
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DOL Proposes Guidance on State-Run Plans for Private Sector
States offering retirement planning solutions to private-sector workers got their first look at a few highly anticipated (and increasingly controversial) pieces of regulatory guidance this week. Read more >
Data and Research
Different Doesn’t Always Mean Bad
High-deductible health plans coupled with a health savings account mean a change in the way employees pay for health care—as well as landmines for employee disappointment. The answer? Honest, open communication, and make sure it is ongoing. Read more >
Data and Research
Gen Xers and Baby Boomers Confront Savings Challenges
For Generation X, the second-biggest obstacle to saving for retirement is saving for their children’s own education. What’s the biggest one? And how are Baby Boomers saving and spending? Read more >
Data and Research
The Millennial’s Dilemma: Dinners Out, or Retirement?
More than other generations, Millennials put a high value on current experience and quality of life—squeezing their retirement savings. Read more >
FPC to Congress: Stop Trying to Stop the DOL
The Financial Planning Coalition asked members of the House of Representatives and the Senate to eject legislative proposals designed to stall the Department of Labor’s fiduciary rulemaking. A paper from the Council for Capital Formation expresses an exactly opposite viewpoint. 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.

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.

Nearly Three-Quarters of Boomers Want to Delay Retirement

More than three in 10 have no retirement budget.

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

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