Category Archives: Fiduciary updates

Department of Labor Submits a Proposal to Delay the Transition Period and Applicability of the Fiduciary Rule

At Arnerich Massena, we are proud that we have always been ahead of the curve on this issue, acknowledging fiduciary status since our inception and offering independent, unbiased advice to retirement plans. Regardless of the outcome of the rule’s delay, we will continue to acknowledge our fiduciary status and work in the best interest of Arnerich Massena clients and clients’ retirement plan participants.

The Department of Labor’s (DOL) fiduciary rule has met with several delays since it was finalized in 2016. While some of its basic provisions went into effect on June 9, 2017, the remainder looks like it may be delayed once again. On August 9, the DOL gave notice that it submitted a proposed extension for review. The proposal requests an 18-month extension of the applicability dates for several aspects of the regulation, including the core portions of the best interest contract exemption and prohibited transaction exemption. Read more »

401(k) Plans Just Got Better for Many Employees!

The Wall Street Journal reported that the average employer contribution to employees’ 401(k) plans rose from 3.9% of employee salaries in 2015 to an estimated 4.7% in 2016. This represents the largest jump since at least 2007 and is great news for savers. Employers cited a few important reasons for increasing their contributions, including improving recruitment and employee retention, as well as helping older employers afford to retire to make room for younger workers. Read more »

Legislative Updates: Second Quarter 2017

Fiduciary Rule Effective

The Department of Labor’s (DOL) Fiduciary Rule went into effect on June 9, 2017. However, the DOL published field assistance bulletin 2017-02 in May that stated that, until January 1, 2018, they “will not pursue claims against fiduciaries who are working diligently and in good faith to comply with the fiduciary duty rule and exemptions, or treat those fiduciaries as being in violation of the fiduciary duty rule and exemptions.” Read more »

Another Lawsuit Claiming Breach of Fiduciary Duty

The new lawsuit against the University of Chicago filed by retirement plan participants on May 18 in Illinois can serve as a reminder of the critical importance of fiduciary responsibility. Plaintiffs are suing the University of Chicago for breach of fiduciary duty, alleging that the college failed in its fiduciary duty, resulting in excessive administrative and investment fees and fund underperformance. The University of Chicago’s retirement plans in aggregate have over $3 billion in assets and more than 36,000 participants.

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Younger workers don’t want to sweat investment decisions

A recent survey from J.P. Morgan reveals that workers under the age of 30 want their employer to make financial decisions about their retirement savings! According to the survey, 69 percent of this younger group identify themselves as “do-it-for-me” investors, compared with 56 percent of those over age 30. And a whopping 82 percent want their employer to actually make their investment decisions for them (versus 73% for those over age 30)! Read more »

Legislative Updates: First Quarter 2017

THE DEPARTMENT OF LABOR (DOL) DELAYS FIDUCIARY RULE FOR 60 DAYS

On April 4, 2017, the DOL issued a final rule delaying the Fiduciary Rule until June 9, 2017. The rule also delays transitional requirements of the Best Interest Contract Exemption and other prohibited transaction exemptions to June 9, 2017. This delay may provide some relief for institutions trying to meet the previous deadline of April 10, 2017. However, given the short length of the delay of only 60 days, institutions need to make a quick decision to finalize their compliance plans or delay their compliance efforts until the DOL releases its analysis. Read more »

Department of Labor Delays Applicability of the Fiduciary Rule

At Arnerich Massena, we are proud that we have always been ahead of the curve on this issue, acknowledging fiduciary status since our inception and offering independent, unbiased advice to retirement plans. Regardless of the outcome of the review, we will continue to acknowledge our fiduciary status and work in the best interest of plan participants.

The Department of Labor’s (DOL) fiduciary rule was set to go into effect on April 10, 2017, but the DOL has announced that the rule has been delayed by 60 days. A Presidential Memorandum issued on February 3 requested that the DOL complete a comprehensive analysis of the rule and its impacts. This delay is intended to allow enough time to evaluate the regulation before it goes into effect. The new applicability date is June 9, 2017. Read more »

Arnerich Massena Publishes New White Paper – Retirement Plan Best Practices: Plan Design

Arnerich Massena is pleased to announce the publication of a new white paper, Retirement Plan Best Practices: Plan Design. This paper is the second of a five-part series outlining retirement plan best practices; the series began with plan governance and will also cover investment menu construction, plan monitoring, and participant education. In Plan Design, we examine the factors that plan sponsors should consider as fiduciaries when making decisions about plan design, looking at how other plans handle different options and identifying some best practices. Read more »

“Bringing Your Company’s Retirement Plan Into the Future”: Oregon Business Magazine Features Arnerich Massena’s Institutional Team

How do employers prepare for the future as they try to help employees save for their own futures? Arnerich Massena’s institutional team helps answer a few questions and provide guidance to retirement plan sponsors in the March issue of Oregon Business Magazine. With this issue highlighting Oregon’s 100 Best Companies to Work For, it’s a perfect opportunity to provide those companies with some advice on their retirement plans. Read more »

Department of Labor Proposes 60-Day Delay in Applicability of the Fiduciary Rule

At Arnerich Massena, we are proud that we have always been ahead of the curve on this issue, acknowledging fiduciary status since our inception and offering independent, unbiased advice to retirement plans. We will continue to acknowledge our fiduciary status and work in the best interest of plan participants.download movie The 5th Wave

The Department of Labor’s (DOL) fiduciary rule was set to go into effect on April 10, 2017, but it looks like that may be delayed. Following the Presidential Memorandum issued on February 3, the DOL has now proposed a 60-day extension of applicability to the rule to allow the organization time to complete the requested analysis. This would push the effective date to June 9, 2017, welcome news for financial services companies struggling to meet all of the requirements of the new regulations by April 10. Read more »