Week of December 09, 2016
NOTE FROM THE EDITOR
This week’s news that President-Elect Donald Trump would name Andy Puzder, chief executive officer of CKE Restaurants, as Secretary of the Department of Labor answered weeks of speculation in the retirement plan services industry. The fate of the fiduciary rule rests largely in the hands of the next DOL chief—and whoever is subsequently named leader of the Employee Benefits Security Administration. It is still unclear how the CEO of a company known for operating the Hardee's and Carl's Jr. burger brands will view the complex and controversial regulation, but we will likely soon find out. 
EDITOR'S CHOICE
Investment Industry Must Double Down on Fairness and Transparency
In the retirement planning and investment industry of the near- and long-term future, providers’ motivations will play a deep role in determining success.
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Consultants Reflect on Fiduciary Rule Progress
There has been a marked proliferation of defined contribution plans in which individuals take on much more responsibility around saving for retirement. The spirit of the fiduciary rule is to ensure that plan participants and plan sponsors get the best possible advice in this challenging new environment.
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New Shade of Doubt Cast on DOL Fiduciary Rule Implementation
One early commentator tells PLANADVISER he expects the new DOL fiduciary rule will still be implemented, yet there is undoubtedly a new atmosphere of uncertainty with the presidential election result.
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Participants Not Up to Speed on 401(k) Features
Two-thirds failed Fisher’s 401(k) IQ in the Workplace Quiz. The results show retirement plan participants can benefit from fiduciary services, given their lack of investing prowess. 
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MOST POPULAR STORIES
Compliance
Groups Say Form 5500 Proposed Updates Too Burdensome
Retirement industry groups ask agencies to scale down reporting requirements for investments, fees and compliance.
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Compliance
Senator Asks That Implementation of Fiduciary Rule Be Ceased
The Senator suggests that the new administration and Congress will likely unwind the rule, so the Labor Department should not impose unnecessary costs on advisers.
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Practice Management
Advisers Looking to Technical Solutions Ahead of DOL Rule
A new survey finds that as implementation of the DOL’s fiduciary rule approaches, more than half of advisers expect to increase investment in client service and compliance technology.
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Deals and People
Retirement Industry People Moves
John Hancock Expands Institutional Sales Team; CUNA Mutual Retirement Tackles TPA Market; OneAmeirca Appoints Regional Sales Director; and more.
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Data and Research
Millennials Predict a ‘Retirement Inversion’
The vast majority of Millennials say they plan to work in retirement—while fewer than one in five of today’s retirees  have ever worked for pay after initially leaving the workforce. 
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Editorial: Alison Cooke Mintzer alison.mintzer@strategic-i.com
Advertising: Paul Zampitella paul.zampitella@strategic-i.com
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