PLANADVISER Weekend Newsdash
Week ending November 20th, 2015
NOTE FROM THE EDITOR
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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Compliance
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 >
Compliance
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 >
MOST POPULAR STORIES
IRS Life Expectancy Tables Updated for Retirees

The actuarial update is important for plan sponsor clients to note, but the effect to regular business is likely limited, as the individuals most affected are likely no longer employed by the plan sponsor.

Meet Dave Barry, Professional Humorist and Pulitzer Prize Winner

Among his accomplishments, Barry won the Pulitzer Prize for commentary, although he misplaced it for several years, which is why his wife now keeps it in a secure location that he does not know about.

The Most ‘Outrageous’ ERISA Complaints Yet Filed?

One fiduciary insurance expert who has long been tracking ERISA litigation says a spate of new complaints filed in recent weeks are the ‘most outrageous’ the industry has ever seen.

Keeping Up with the Securing a Strong Retirement Act

Because different provisions are included in the House and Senate versions of the ambitious retirement reform legislation, a reconciliation process is likely in store.

Booz Allen Hamilton, Others Face Passive TDF Performance Lawsuits

Unlike many other ERISA lawsuits, the complaints suggest the plan fiduciaries in question should have considered more expensive target-date funds that might have performed better.

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