PLANADVISER Weekend Newsdash
Week ending August 14th, 2020

Greetings loyal PLANADVISER readers. This edition of PLANADVISERweekend offers a 2020 compliance update. From action at the Supreme Court to new debates on Capitol Hill, a lot has happened so far this year—not to mention the regulatory and legislative impacts of the coronavirus pandemic. We hope you find our coverage helpful and consider sharing some of what you read with a client or colleague. Stay well!

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DOL Motives for Fiduciary Rule Questioned in Public Comments
Consumer groups and advocates of the fiduciary adviser industry want the Department of Labor to reconsider aspects of its proposed fiduciary rule. Read more >
Princeton ERISA Settlement Features $5.8M Price Tag
In addition to the payment into a settlement fund, Princeton has agreed to what the settlement agreement calls “therapeutic relief,” including a pledge to not raise fees.  Read more >
Biden’s Plan to Shore Up Americans’ Retirement Builds on Status Quo
It proposes reinforcing Social Security and Medicare as key steps to providing greater retirement security to older Americans. Read more >
Segal Leaders Perplexed Over Treasury’s Benefit Cut Rejections
A law passed in 2014 allows stressed union pensions to reduce benefits in order to prevent insolvency, subject to approval by the U.S. Treasury. One leading actuarial firms says the agency is preparing to wrongfully reject an application made by one of its clients. Read more >
SEC Fund Report Proposal Seen as Big Step Toward Modernization
One attorney who works on Securities and Exchange Commission compliance issues says the proposal will help retail investors digest key information while ensuring transparency remains a top priority. Read more >
DOL’s ESG Restrictions Prompt Retirement Industry Head Scratching
Broad based demand is building among U.S. retirement plan investors for access to environmentally and socially responsible investments, leaving industry analysts wondering why new restrictions are being proposed by the Trump administration. Read more >
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Old Dogs, New Tricks: Training for Veteran Advisers Pays Off

A new case study suggests even advisers with decades of industry experience can attain measurable growth improvements with the short-term addition of training, coaching and peer accountability.

CAPTRUST, T. Rowe, NBS Team Up on ‘MEP-PEP Alternative’ for Small Clients

The Direct Fiduciary program aims to allow companies to significantly reduce the amount of time spent managing an individual 401(k) plan by outsourcing administrative and investment fiduciary responsibilities.

Weighing Active Management in DC Plans

Experts continue the debate about actively managed funds in light of a publication from the CFA Institute Research Foundation which asks, ‘Is active management worth it?’

DOL, IRS and PBGC Call for Comments on Form 5500 Revisions

In addition to asking for input on the SECURE Act’s requirements and the current Form 5500, the DOL has published a notice of proposed changes to its implementation of regulations under Title I of ERISA.

SEC Sanctions Offer New Cybersecurity Guideposts
One former SEC enforcement leader says actions against several advisory firms that allegedly had cybersecurity failures make a clear case for the use of multifactor authentication—but that’s just the beginning of cybersecurity.
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