PLANADVISER Weekend Newsdash
Week ending December 9th, 2016
NOTE FROM THE EDITOR
This week’s news that President-Elect Donald Trump would name Andy Puzder, chief executive officer of CKE Restaurants, as Secretary of the Department of Labor answered weeks of speculation in the retirement plan services industry. The fate of the fiduciary rule rests largely in the hands of the next DOL chief—and whoever is subsequently named leader of the Employee Benefits Security Administration. It is still unclear how the CEO of a company known for operating the Hardee's and Carl's Jr. burger brands will view the complex and controversial regulation, but we will likely soon find out. 
Editor's choice
Investment Industry Must Double Down on Fairness and Transparency
In the retirement planning and investment industry of the near- and long-term future, providers’ motivations will play a deep role in determining success. Read more >
Consultants Reflect on Fiduciary Rule Progress
There has been a marked proliferation of defined contribution plans in which individuals take on much more responsibility around saving for retirement. The spirit of the fiduciary rule is to ensure that plan participants and plan sponsors get the best possible advice in this challenging new environment. Read more >
New Shade of Doubt Cast on DOL Fiduciary Rule Implementation
One early commentator tells PLANADVISER he expects the new DOL fiduciary rule will still be implemented, yet there is undoubtedly a new atmosphere of uncertainty with the presidential election result. Read more >
Participants Not Up to Speed on 401(k) Features
Two-thirds failed Fisher’s 401(k) IQ in the Workplace Quiz. The results show retirement plan participants can benefit from fiduciary services, given their lack of investing prowess.  Read more >
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Supreme Court Rules Against Northwestern University in Fee Case

The high court’s ruling states that the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals erred in relying on the fact that plaintiff-participants had the ‘ultimate choice’ over their investments to excuse allegedly imprudent decisions by the plan sponsor.

Class Certified in 401(k) Plan Trustees’ Lawsuit Against John Hancock

The suit alleges that John Hancock Life Insurance Co. violated ERISA by retaining foreign tax credits generated by plans’ investments under a group variable annuity contract.

What the Supreme Court’s Northwestern Ruling Means in Practice
Expert ERISA attorneys say the new opinion in Hughes v. Northwestern University, while important, is far from earth-shattering when it comes to its likely impact on the pace or character of retirement plan fee litigation.
Another Stressed Union Pension to Get PBGC Support

The plan was projected to run out of money at some point this year, but the special financial assistance from PBGC should prevent this outcome.

Advisers Can Address Participant Savings Gaps With New Retirement Readiness Calculator

The tool was launched to bolster retirement planning resources and offer personalized support, customized solutions and best practices. 

 

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