Week of November 11, 2016
NOTE FROM THE EDITOR
Happy Friday, readers. What a truly dynamic news week it has been—certainly one for the U.S. history books. This week’s presidential election result, it must be said, opens up just as many questions as it answered. Facing the prospect of a Donald Trump presidency is daunting for some and exhilarating for others, but all of us are facing a new future together after a remarkable (and lengthy) campaign season. In that spirit, collected below are a few highlights from our recent political coverage, offering some food for thought about what might lie ahead. 
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Products
JP Morgan Chase Latest to Cut Commission-Based Retirement Accounts
Reuters broke the news that JP Morgan Chase and Co. will stop offering commission-based retirement accounts prior to the DOL fiduciary rule implementation.
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Compliance
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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Compliance
DOL Fiduciary Rule Posts a Key Victory in District Court
A U.S. district court judge has ruled in favor of the DOL fiduciary rule’s pending implementation, defeating fixed-indexed annuity providers’ effort to stall the groundbreaking regulation in court.
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Investing
Measured Use of 12b-1 Fees Will Continue
Advisers will certainly have heard questions from clients about the use of 12b-1 fees moving forward under the new DOL fiduciary rule; what are the experts saying?
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Products
Merrill Lynch Accelerates Fiduciary Rule Response
The firm initially planned to halt commission-based brokerage sales to retirement accounts when the first DOL fiduciary rule deadlines arrive in 2017, but Merrill Lynch has decided to halt the practice immediately to head off any potential issues. 
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EDITOR’S CHOICE
House Republicans Propose Tax and Retirement Policy Changes
A Neuberger Berman analysis shows that House Republicans’ tax and retirement policy proposals may suggest a push toward a universal savings account and a consolidation of current tax code retirement savings provisions.
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Post Budget Act Stumble, Congress Tries Again to Impact Fiduciary Rule
It’s a particular skill of Congress to make the improbable appear promising—whether it comes to overturning the Affordable Care Act or, as was the case this week, delaying the DOL’s fiduciary reform.
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How Tax Reform Could Affect Retirement Plans
Several proposed tax reforms would restructure how retirement vehicles are taxed and could negatively impact retirement plans in a number of ways.
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Employee Benefits and Presidential Politics
What the outcome of the election could mean for the employee benefits industry.
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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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