Week of March 03, 2017
NOTE FROM THE EDITOR
Happy Friday, readers! It seems hardly a week goes by during which the Department of Labor fiduciary rule doesn’t dominate the retirement industry trade press headlines. That was clearly the case this week, with the emergence of a new rule proposal aiming to delay implementation of the tighter conflict of interest standards championed by former President Barack Obama. Find our full coverage below—along with the latest features and research from our bimonthly print magazine. 
EDITOR'S CHOICE
Experts Still Expect Private Enforcement of Fiduciary Standard
Even if the DOL leadership under President Trump declines to enforce a strict fiduciary standard, private litigators will undoubtedly pick up any slack if the administration fails to fully eliminate the Obama-era conflict of interest rulemaking.
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Interpreting Recent 403(b) Litigation
Recent months have seen a wave of new litigation, against several large 403(b) plans maintained by prominent private universities. The lawsuits, which claim breaches of fiduciary duties under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act, are in some respects similar to 401(k) fee litigation cases. However, other aspects of these suits are relatively novel. 
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2017 PLANADVISER Micro Plan Survey
Data shows small plans are a big business.
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Passing the Torch
How to start thinking about a succession plan for your practice.
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Investing in Harmony
Following DOL guidance issued by the Obama administration, Millennials speak of big plans to invest in ESG strategies.
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MOST POPULAR STORIES
Compliance
DOL Fiduciary Rule Delay Language Emerges
The new leadership at Department of Labor has published the rulemaking through which it hopes to delay the strict conflict of interest rules championed by the previous administration and set to take effect next month.
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Compliance
OMB Labels Fiduciary Regulations ‘Economically Significant’
The long-running fight over the fiduciary rule took another (symbolic) step forward this week—but still there is little clarity as to what may unfold prior to the first deadlines in April. 
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Practice Management
Adviser Independence Trends Impacted By Fiduciary Uncertainty
“Regulatory pressure increases the appeal of independence and the need to shift the active versus passive conversation,” according to a new report from Cerulli Associates. 
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Deals and People
Retirement Industry People Moves
Goldman Sachs to Acquire OCIO Business; HealthSavings Administrators Appoints Industry Vets to National Sales Team; The Standard Hires Plan Consultant; and more.
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Compliance
Self-Dealing Lawsuit Filed Against Charles Schwab
The complaint alleges that defendants “reaped significant fees and profits at the expense of the plan and its participants.”
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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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