Fiduciary Governance

Fiduciary Governance

By ASPPA Net Staff4/14/2017 • 0 Comments

President Trump has signed legislation that blocks the Obama-era DOL's safe harbor exempting states’ and municipalities’ auto-IRA programs from ERISA. READ MORE

By Nevin Adams4/6/2017 • 0 Comments

The same folks who once referred to advisors as a “colony of termites” eating away at American’s retirement savings have now unveiled a “Retirement Ripoff Counter.” READ MORE

By John Iekel4/4/2017 • 0 Comments

One of the basic rules for fiduciaries is that “there is no place to hide,” said Keith Sartain, a partner at AON Hewitt, at an April 3 session of the Enrolled Actuaries meeting in Washington, D.C. READ MORE

By John Iekel4/4/2017 • 0 Comments

There is a “dynamic policy-making situation just ahead,” Earl Pomeroy, senior counsel at Alston & Bird and a former member of the U.S. House, said at an April 3 session of the Enrolled Actuaries meeting in Washington, D.C. READ MORE

By Nevin Adams 4/4/2017 • 0 Comments

Having received the final rule on its proposed extension of the applicability date from the Labor Department, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has scheduled a couple of meetings related to that review. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff3/30/2017 • 0 Comments

For many, there is a disparity between anticipated retirement income and expenses during retirement. A recent blog post argues that a disparity between the availability of retirement plans and participation in them is behind it. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff3/30/2017 • 0 Comments

The DOL fiduciary rule could be on hold. But no matter what its fate — applied at last or on hold — it is and will be no less important to be mindful of fiduciary status. READ MORE

By Nevin Adams 3/29/2017 • 0 Comments

Having put its proposed extension of the applicability date out for public comment, the DO has submitted its final rule to the Office of Management and Budget for review. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff3/28/2017 • 0 Comments

The IRS in Announcement 2017-4 has provided relief from certain excise taxes under Section 4975 and any related reporting requirements, consistent with DOL Field Assistance Bulletin 2017-01. READ MORE

By Nevin Adams 3/28/2017 • 0 Comments

Plan fiduciaries largely lost their attempt to dismiss charges filed by plan participants in an excessive fee suit brought by the St. Louis-based law firm of Schlichter, Bogard & Denton. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff3/27/2017 • 0 Comments

Cybersecurity is a special concern for the financial industry, but its importance goes well beyond the integrity of clients’ and plan participants’ sensitive information — it pervades inter-corporate business functions as well. READ MORE

By Nevin Adams 3/26/2017 • 0 Comments

Plaintiffs seeking an emergency injunction in federal court against the implementation of the fiduciary regulation got a quick answer. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff3/26/2017 • 0 Comments

A recent Morningstar report suggests that the costs of the fiduciary rule — including class action lawsuits — could be underestimated. READ MORE

By Ray Harmon3/24/2017 • 0 Comments

On March 22, while Alexander Acosta faced his confirmation grilling in the Senate, the ERISA Advisory Council had its first meeting of the Trump administration era, setting its 2017 agenda. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff3/23/2017 • 0 Comments

The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee will vote on Alexander Acosta, President Trump’s nominee to serve as Secretary of Labor, on March 30. READ MORE

By Nevin Adams3/22/2017 • 0 Comments

The fiduciary regulation wasn’t a big focus of the hearing on Alexander Acosta’s nomination as Secretary of Labor — but it did come up. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff3/22/2017 • 0 Comments

The Government Accounting Standards Board has issued an omnibus statement that addresses a variety of accounting and financial reporting issues. including some related to retirement plans. READ MORE

By John Iekel3/17/2017 • 0 Comments

Some plan fiduciaries contend that passively managed funds allow one to avoid ERISA liability. But a recently released white paper suggests they are not a panacea. READ MORE

By ASPPA Net Staff3/16/2017 • 0 Comments

The American Retirement Association Government Affairs Committee has filed comments with the Department of Labor regarding a proposed regulation to extend the applicability date for the “Conflicted Advice” regulation by 60 days. READ MORE

By Nevin Adams3/15/2017 • 0 Comments

A group of plaintiffs in the fiduciary regulation litigation have petitioned the court to maintain the status quo pending their appeal. READ MORE

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