Checking in With Verizon Pensioners Post Risk Transfer

PLANADVISER interviewed a spokesperson for a large group of Verizon retirees back in 2015, shortly following their defeat in appellate court in a case challenging the merits of pension risk transfers; we catch back up with Jack Cohen to talk shop and ask, how have things been going post annuitization?

Stable Value Lawsuits and the Goldilocks Zone

Even though there is no typical stable value fund, heading into 2018 there have been three typical types of lawsuits filed against fiduciaries offering stable value funds, according to ERISA attorneys with Mayer Brown.

Great-West Prevails in Suit Over Stable Value Fund

The lawsuit alleged Great-West Life & Annuity Insurance Company breached its fiduciary duty of loyalty under ERISA Sections 502(a)(2) and (3)—namely by setting predetermined interest rates artificially low and charging excessive fees in order to increase its own profits from the sale and servicing of the Great-West Key Guaranteed Portfolio Fund.

President Trump’s EBSA Nominee Wins Full Senate Approval

The Senate HELP Committee cleared Preston Rutledge’s nomination earlier in December; now the full Senate has approved his nomination to a post in which he will play a critical role overseeing the retirement planning industry and the future of the fiduciary rule. 

ERISA Litigation Landmarks Set the Stage for 2018

One ERISA attorney who specializes in defending employers against fiduciary breach claims says 2017 has delivered no shortage of important, potentially precedent-setting decisions involving employee benefits law; and the stage is set for another whirlwind of a year in 2018.

ESG Investing Goes Under the Microscope in CalPERS Debate

In a series of sharply written, dueling reports, experts from the American Council for Capital Formation and CalPERS debate the proper role of environmentally and socially conscious investments—and whether the massive public pension fund has grown too political in its actions.

Senate HELP Committee Advances EBSA Nominee Rutledge

The advancement of President Trump’s nominee to serve as the Assistant Secretary of Labor for the Employee Benefits Security Administration might not grab mainstream media headlines, but it represents a key development for the retirement planning industry.