PLANSPONSOR Weekend Newsdash
Week ending December 18th, 2015
NOTE FROM THE EDITOR
Happy Friday, PLANADVISER readers, and happy holidays. In this, the final PLANADVISERweekend mailing for 2015, we look back at some of our best original web features of the year. Watch your inbox in the coming weeks for more 2015 wrap-up coverage and announcements. We’ll have news about our awards programs and upcoming events—including the 2016 PLANADVISER National Conference. Thanks for another great year from the staff of . 
Editor's choice
Clearing Up Money Market Fund Reform Misunderstanding
Some qualified retirement plan sponsors and service providers are misinterpreting the likely impact of the Securities and Exchange Commission’s money market fund reforms, opining the rulemaking will necessarily drive defined contribution plans away from retail money market funds. Read more >
Do Retirement Plan Advisers Have a Duty to ‘Rat?’
With more advisers taking on a fiduciary role, they should know when to speak up, or walk away, before a retirement plan sponsor gets them in trouble. Read more >
DOL Stands Firm on Fiduciary Rule Despite Negative Comments
Department of Labor officials have heard plenty of reasons why the fiduciary rulemaking effort is flawed in the eyes of the investment service providers it’s meant to regulate—but that doesn’t mean the DOL is about to capitulate on its long-running plan to strengthen the fiduciary standard. Read more >
Regulatory Change Brewing Beyond Fiduciary Rule
Fiduciary reform represents a critical debate for retirement plan service providers and plan sponsors, but fiduciary issues aren’t the only piece of rulemaking they should be concerned about. Beyond its own focus on fiduciary advice issues, the Securities and Exchange Commission is in the process of implementing major money market reform. And don’t forget about FINRA. Read more >
Closer Look at State-Run Retirement Systems for Private Sector
Four states—California, Illinois, Oregon and Washington—have passed laws paving the way to offer state-run retirement plans, and 18 additional states are considering such a measure. And more recently, the Department of Labor issued its much-anticipated guidance on state-run plans. Read more >
Supreme Court Reaches Decision in Tibble v. Edison
A 2015 decision from the Supreme Court seems to solidify the “ongoing duty to monitor” investments as a fiduciary duty that is separate and distinct from the duty to exercise prudence in selecting investments for use on a defined contribution plan investment menu. Read more >
What the Industry Is Reading and Recommending
Our survey found that most advisers are looking forward to reading that next book, while some said it’s a “maybe, if they have the time.” One survey participant was looking forward to reading “anything but business.” “Work-related titles” get the nod over “something I’ve always meant to get around to.” Read more >
Your Clients Auto-Enroll. Now What?
Advisers can aid retirement readiness through expanded use of auto-features that go beyond enrollment. Read more >
MOST POPULAR STORIES
Tax Bill Passed By Senate Backs Off 457(b), 403(b) Plan Changes

It appears some last-minute amendments have largely removed controversial provisions from the Senate’s version of tax reform legislation that would have had a big impact on governmental 457 and nonprofit 403(b) plan sponsors.

Pass-Through Tax Reform Impact on Small Businesses May Be Mitigated via Roth

The American Retirement Association says that tax reform could be a disincentive for small businesses to offer retirement plans; however, as one reader shares, there are counter considerations having to do with Roth 401(k) options that could mitigate some of the concern.

Education on Lifetime Income Needed in Not-for-Profit Sector
In-plan lifetime income options can secure certain benefits participants may not find in retail solutions, suggests a new study by TIAA.
Congressional Democrats Continue Push on Butch Lewis Act

The legislation would take steps to provide additional anti-cutback protections for Teamsters, miners, and other unionized American workers who have paid significant sums into multiemployer pension funds.

Settlement Ends Fujitsu Lawsuit Filed Over Plan Fees, Custom TDFs

In their lawsuit, the plaintiffs called the Fujitsu plan one of the most expensive in the country and specifically called out the design and implementation of the plan’s custom target-date funds.

Editorial: Alison Cooke Mintzer alison.mintzer@strategic-i.com

Advertising: Paul Zampitella paul.zampitella@strategic-i.com

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