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Pitfalls a 401(k) Sponsor Can Avoid With Plan Providers

by Ary Rosenbaum on

While much of the focus concerning the liability of sponsoring a 401(k) plan is about plan expenses thanks to the many lawsuits filed against plan sponsors. However for most plan sponsors, the greatest liability they actually...more

Attention Retail Investors: The SEC Wants to Hear Your Views on the DOL’s Fiduciary Rule

In connection with the Department of Labor’s (“DOL”) fiduciary rule (the “Fiduciary Rule”), key provisions of which became applicable on June 9, 2017, SEC Chair Jay Clayton issued a public statement seeking retail investors’...more

Good Bets By A 401(k) Plan Sponsor That Will Limit Their Liability

by Ary Rosenbaum on

I’m not much of a betting man because I hate to lose. Some will say that playing the stock market is gambling, but shrewd, informed investment decisions usually do well in the end. Retirement plan sponsors can make bets that...more

TechConnect - Your Law Firm Link to Industry News - June 2017

by Mintz Levin on

Seniority Matters - There is little doubt that activity in the trading of secondary shares of private companies remains robust. Private companies are staying private longer and there seems to be an unlimited demand to buy...more

Compliance With the ERISA Fiduciary Advice Rule for Private Investment Fund Managers and Sponsors and Managed Account Advisers:...

The DOL's "fiduciary advice rule" (the "Rule") will take effect on June 9, 2017. The DOL has published FAQs on the implementation of the Rule applicable to the period between June 9th and December 31st (the "Transition...more

DOL revises guidance regarding exercise of shareholder rights by ERISA fiduciaries

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

At the end of 2016, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued Interpretive Bulletin 2016-1 which provides updated guidance regarding fiduciary obligations with respect to corporate stock held by employee benefit plans that...more

Structured Thoughts: News for the financial services community, Volume 8, Issue 5

Implementing the DOL Fiduciary Rule - Background - On June 9, 2017, key provisions of the fiduciary rule adopted by the Department of Labor (“DOL”) will become applicable for most broker-dealers, as well as many...more

We Didn’t Start The 401(k) Fire; It’s Always Been Burning

by Ary Rosenbaum on

I live in Long Island, so I think by a local law, I have to be a Billy Joel fan. He’s not up there with Aerosmith, The Eagles, and Fleetwood Mac for me, but he’s up there. I know it’s blasphemy to say it, but I always loved...more

The Final Rule: June 9 is the Launch Date After All

With its announcements of May 22, 2017, starting with an op-ed in The Wall Street Journal, the Department of Labor confirmed that, absent last-minute action in the courts or by Congress, its new “investment advice” fiduciary...more

Rules of the Road: New CFTC Regulations Expand Whistleblower Bounty Program

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), published updated regulations Monday to bring its whistleblower bounty efforts more in line with the SEC’s. The rules were proposed last August and generally provide more...more

Using Your Payroll Provider As Your 401(k) TPA Is A Big Mistake

by Ary Rosenbaum on

Like beating a dead horse, I will again say that it is a bad idea for plan sponsors to hire their payroll provider as their 401(k) third party administrator (TPA)....more

Compliance Lessons for Executive Leadership from The Wells Fargo Investigation Report

by Thomas Fox on

Compliance lessons from truly one of the most damning reports of complete corporate failures around ethics and culture that has recently been seen....more

Simple Advice to Retirement Plan Sponsors

by Ary Rosenbaum on

I don’t know about you, most of the advice I got growing up was usually wrong. Maybe some very unsuccessful people surrounded me when I was younger, but advice can be biased and self-serving at times. The best advice I would...more

Second Circuit: Reclassification of Claim as Equity Interest? Not Unless It Is Duplicative

The Second Circuit affirmed the bankruptcy and district courts’ decisions subordinating claims asserted against the Debtor by holders of restricted stock units. However, while the court agreed with the lower courts that the...more

Small 401(k) Plans Have Bigger Problems Than Larger Plans

by Ary Rosenbaum on

Common sense would make you think that larger 401(k) plans would have the larger problems. Sometimes common sense and reality are mutually exclusive. Thanks to the quirks of the retirement plan business and how it prices...more

ESOPs: A Path to Bank Independence

by Bryan Cave on

Hosts Jonathan Hightower and Rob Klingler are joined on today's episode by Bryan Cave partner Steve Schaffer to discuss the advantages to banks considering implementing an ESOP. Steve describes how ESOPs can not only be used...more

For Retirement Plan Providers, It’s All About Relationships

by Ary Rosenbaum on

The retirement plan business is a relationship driven business. It’s about connecting with other plan providers and more importantly, connecting with plan sponsors. So while you may think what gets you business is a nice...more

The Wrong Reasons For Hiring 401(k) Plan Providers

by Ary Rosenbaum on

Selecting a retirement plan provider can be a lot like dating in the sense that plan sponsors shouldn’t pick providers for the wrong reasons. Nobody knows more about the wrong reasons for dating more than me; we call those...more

Get Over The Fear Of Hiring An ERISA Attorney

by Ary Rosenbaum on

As an attorney, I’ve heard a lot of lawyer jokes and some of them are amusing. I once said at law school that I now know why lawyers have terrible reputations because I met some of these lawyers at law school. While lawyers...more

What It Takes To Make A Good Retirement Plan

by Ary Rosenbaum on

Good retirement plans don’t happen like accident, like the discovery of penicillin. It requires roles and duties that need to be filled competently. It doesn’t take a genius to make a good retirement, it takes dedication ad...more

Financial Services Weekly News - April 2017 #2

by Goodwin on

Editor's Note - Removal for Cause or Business as Usual? On April 5, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) Director Richard Cordray testified before the House Financial Services Committee to give his semi-annual...more

Thinking Outside The Box For Plan Providers

by Ary Rosenbaum on

The retirement plan business is one of the most competitive businesses out there because there is so many competing plan providers out there that are also looking for plan sponsor clients and they will certainly be contacting...more

Retail and Consumer Products Law Roundup - March 2017

Retailers Prevail Over Pharmacy Customers in California Tax Suit - Retailers have won a victory in the realm of California taxation in McClain v. Sav-on Drugs (March 13, 2017) __ Cal.App.5th __ (Nos. B265011 &...more

401(k) Plan Sponsors Need To Get Up And Focus On This

by Ary Rosenbaum on

Too many plan sponsors ignore their retirement plans and by doing that, they are unknowingly putting themselves in harm’s way. I know hat plan sponsors are busy running their own businesses, but the nature of the 401(k) plan...more

Compliance into the Weeds-Episode 33, Enhancing Culture

by Thomas Fox on

In this episode, we take a look at a recent speech given by NY Fed Chairman William Dudley in London where he addressed improving corporate culture. Dudley provided three recommended steps. First, a bank must decide on its...more

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