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.
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.
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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.
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A new lawsuit suggests the individual advisory program TIAA clients were rolled into was significantly more expensive and generated hundreds of millions of dollars in fees for TIAA—without providing commensurate performance benefits.
Agency leaders say the principal idea of the new proposal is that climate change and other ESG factors can be financially material and, when they are, considering them will inevitably lead to better long-term risk-adjusted returns.
Impax appoints Ed Farrington as head of distribution for North America; Prudential forms new Prudential Retirement Strategies business; Northern Trust appoints Gary Paulin as head of global strategic solutions; and more.