PLANSPONSOR Weekend Newsdash
Week ending December 2nd, 2016
Happy Friday, readers! Here at PLANADVISER we have the privilege of interviewing and working with some of the best and brightest minds in the retirement planning industry. We are particularly proud of our stable of columnists who regularly contribute thoughtful insights and articles to our bi-monthly print edition. Collected below are our most recent columns from esteemed ERISA attorneys including Fred Reish, Joan Neri, Marcia Wagner and David Kaleda. 
Editor's choice
ERISA VISTA: Sweeping Changes in Advice
Retirement plan advice has changed to respond to: plan sponsors’ desire for assistance in satisfying their fiduciary duties; the increased pressure on reducing costs; and the needs of aging Baby Boomers. Here’s our list of some of the most significant changes. Read more >
FIDUCIARY FITNESS: IRS Restricts Salary Deferrals for NQDC Plans
The new proposed 457(f) regulations adopt a similar rule for that type of plan, so that the new 457 requirements will not apply in the event of such a short-term deferral. Read more >
The last decade has clearly seen a rise in class action lawsuits under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act, which have left widespread implications, especially for 401(k) plan sponsors. Of particular note are lawsuits focusing on the inclusion of employer stock as an investment option under a participant-directed 401(k) plan—what are now known as “stock drop” suits. Read more >
2016 PLANADVISER Retirement Plan Adviser Survey
When asked to list the five fund families they most often recommend to plan sponsors, chose Vanguard as No. 1, down from 87% last year. Active management is still largely valued, though, as the rest of the top five all have active management funds: American Funds, T. Rowe Price, J.P. Morgan and Fidelity. Read more >
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.

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.

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.

Retirement Programs Must Continue to Evolve to Address Participant Needs
Chuck Coldwell, vice president - national director, Consulting and BOLI Services at Pentegra, believes as an industry, we still have not reached the goal of getting the majority of participants in a good place for retirement—even with auto enroll and escalate.

Editorial: Alison Cooke Mintzer

Advertising: Paul Zampitella

Subscribe to NewsDash, click here.
To unsubscribe, click here.
BrightScope / CIO / FWW / Global Custodian / Investor Economics / LiquidMetrix / Market Metrics / Matrix Solutions / PLANADVISER / Plan For Life / PLANSPONSOR / Simfund / The Trade