PLANADVISER Weekend Newsdash
Week ending November 13th, 2020

Greetings loyal PLANADVISER readers! With so many important and rapidly evolving national news stories playing out right now, it can be hard to keep track of more mundane matters like retirement plan litigation and regulations. Yet the fiduciary duties of prudence and loyalty remain paramount in the operation of tax-qualified retirement plans. With that in mind, collected below is a recap of some of the most important legal and regulatory developments of recent weeks. We hope you find the reporting helpful and consider sharing some of what you read with a client or colleague.

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DOL Announces Registration Requirements for Pooled Plan Providers
The rule implements the registration requirements for PEPs pursuant to the SECURE Act. Read more >
Retirement Industry Experts Concerned by ‘Prescriptive’ Income Projections
Creating a requirement for recordkeepers to provide lifetime income projections is a popular idea, but the EBSA’s proposed framework is seen by some as simplistic and potentially even misleading. Read more >
DOL’s Final ESG Rule Appears Slightly Softer Than Proposal
The final version of the regulation emphasizes the importance of using only ‘pecuniary’ factors in the assessment of investment options within tax-qualified retirement plans, rather than expressly limiting the use of environmental, social and governance themed investments. Read more >
What the SEC Thinks of Reg BI Compliance So Far
Staff members of the Securities and Exchange Commission share some words of wisdom for advisers and broker/dealers newly subject to the Regulation Best Interest framework. Read more >
IRS Announces Contribution and Benefit Limits for 2021
The limit on contributions by employees who participate in 401(k)s, 403(b)s and most 457 plans remains unchanged at $19,500. Read more >
Familiar Fiduciary Concerns Voiced as PEP Market Takes Shape
As with any type of innovation, it should be expected that the architecture, structure and governance of PEPs will likely change over time. Read more >
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With Prudential Acquisition, Empower Aims for Growth Up to 3x Faster Than Other Recordkeepers

The CEO of the nation’s No. 2 recordkeeper says Empower’s focus will continue to be on a best-in-class user experience.

Empower to Acquire Full-Service Retirement Business of Prudential

Empower will acquire Prudential’s DC, DB, non-qualified and rollover IRA business, in addition to its stable value and separate account investment products and platforms.

ProNvest Launches Fintech Platform

It can cull data for advisers, banks, credit unions, insurance firms and other institutions to give an overview of a person’s defined contribution plan holdings.

Talking Scale With Voya, Sterling Resources Leaders

Over the past decade, the universe of retirement plan recordkeepers has contracted from about 400 to approximately 150, with no signs of slowing. Experts say one lesson learned in this time is that not all scale is created equal.

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