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The Rosenbaum Law Firm Review - July 2015

In This Issue: - Things in a 401(k) Plan That Don't Look Right. - Employer's Excuses About Their Retirement Plan And Why They're Wrong. - Small 401(k) Plans Have More Problems Than Larger Ones. - The One...more

"The New Mutual Fund Exception: Ninth Circuit Allows Direct Claims to Redress Derivative Injury"

Courts have sought to simplify their approach to determining whether an action is derivative or direct — a determination that the Delaware Supreme Court has acknowledged “is sometimes difficult.” Tooley v. Donaldson, Lufkin &...more

"Mutual Fund Recognition Scheme Further Opens China’s Financial Markets"

The liberalization of China’s financial markets continues at a rapid pace. For April and May 2015, the combined average daily value of trade on China's stock exchanges1 was around US$150 billion, compared to around US$40...more

SEC Sanctions Independent Trustees for Approving Mutual Fund Advisory Contract without Sufficient Information

Underscoring the need for independent trustees to act vigilantly, a recent SEC consent order issued in an enforcement action imposed discipline on a mutual fund's independent trustees, its investment advisor, and the...more

For Life Insurers and Agents – A Summary of Predicted Litigation Under the DOL’s Proposed Fiduciary Rule

The Department of Labor’s recent Proposed Rule (the “Proposal”), which defines the term “fiduciary” as it applies to persons who provide “investment advice” to ERISA plans and IRAs, will impact the likelihood and severity of...more

SEC Puts Janus in its Place

Interpretive positions adopted in a recent SEC opinion will, if accepted by the courts, greatly undermine the significance of the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2011 opinion in Janus Capital Group, Inc. v. First...more

SEC Staff Ready to Recommend Variable Annuity Summary Prospectus

William Kotapish, an Assistant Director in the SEC’s Division of Investment Management, recently stated that the SEC staff is prepared to recommend that the Commission adopt rules and forms authorizing a variable annuity...more

SCOTUS Reinforces ERISA Fiduciaries' Continuing Duty To Monitor Plan Investments

Recently, in Tibble v Edison International, 575 U.S.(2015), the United States Supreme Court addressed the application of the Employment Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) statute of limitations for violations of fiduciary...more

Launch of Mutual Recognition of Funds Between Mainland China and Hong Kong

On 22 May 2015, the Securities and Futures Commission of Hong Kong (SFC) and the China Securities Regulatory Commission (CSRC) signed a Memorandum of Regulatory Cooperation on Mainland-Hong Kong Recognition of Funds, which...more

Tibble and the Fiduciary Duty to Monitor (or The Only Foolish Question is the One You Didn't Ask)

The U.S. Supreme Court’s recent unanimous decision in Tibble v. Edison International sounds a reminder that fiduciary responsibility includes the duty to monitor. Tibble involved a challenge by 401(k) plan participants to the...more

SEC Sanctions Insurance Company for Variable Contract Pricing Violations

The Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) recently charged a life insurance company with violating the pricing requirements under Rule 22c-1 of the Investment Company Act of 1940 in respect of purchase and redemption...more

Supreme Court Expands Scope of Fiduciary Liability

In Tibble v. Edison International, the U.S. Supreme Court expanded the scope of the duty of prudence owed by ERISA fiduciaries. Although ostensibly a case about the statute of limitations, the Court ruled that trustees of...more

FINRA Approves Use of Related Performance in Mutual Fund Marketing Materials to Institutional Investors

On May 12, 2015, the FINRA staff published an interpretive letter (the “Letter”) permitting FINRA members to include Related Performance Information in mutual fund marketing materials directed at institutional investors...more

Northstar v. Schwab: The Ninth Circuit’s End Run Around Derivative Lawsuits in the Mutual Fund Context

It is well recognized that only investors have standing to sue a mutual fund on behalf of a class of investors and that a fiduciary duty claim accusing fund trustees of mismanagement is the property of the fund, and not of...more

Financial Services Weekly News Roundup - May 2015 #5

SEC Enforcement Action on FCPA Compliance – Check the Box Is Not Enough. On May 20 the SEC announced that global resources company BHP Billiton had agreed to pay $25 million to settle charges that it had violated the...more

FINRA Requests Comment on Proposed Amendments to Rules Governing Communications With the Public

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority issued Regulatory Notice 15-16 to solicit comments on proposed amendments to FINRA Rules governing communications with the public. FINRA is proposing to amend FINRA Rule 2210 so...more

The One Mutual Fund Family Lineup

You must know about the shoemakers’ children and how they go barefoot and have no shoes. In the retirement plan industry, we have retirement plan providers and their employees’ retirement plan. I know, I have been there....more

Mutual Funds with CFCs: Take Note of BE-10 Reporting Requirements

Mutual funds with Controlled Foreign Corporations may need to file a BE-10 with the Bureau of Economic Analysis or request an extension before the reporting deadline....more

Supreme Court: 401(k) Plan Fiduciaries Have An Ongoing Duty To Monitor

In April 2013 I reported on the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals decision in Tibble v. Edison International which involved an alleged breach of fiduciary duty by the Edison 401(k) Savings Plan committee selecting six retail...more

Supreme Court Instructs Ninth Circuit to Consider Common Law of Trusts in Applying ERISA's Statute of Limitations

The Supreme Court has once again emphasized the importance of ERISA’s origins in the common law of trusts, this time in interpreting its statute of limitations. On May 18, the Court reversed the Ninth Circuit’s decision in...more

Supreme Court Clarifies Scope of Fiduciary Duty Under ERISA

On May 18, the Supreme Court held, in Tibble v. Edison International that a fiduciary “has a continuing duty to monitor trust investments and remove imprudent ones. This continuing duty exists separate and apart from the...more

FINRA Allows Use of Related Performance Information in Communications Regarding Mutual Funds with Financial Intermediaries and...

Overview and Background - On May 12, 2015, the staff of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA staff) issued an interpretive letter to Hartford Funds Distributors, LLC (Hartford Funds) that conditionally...more

SEC Staff Responds to Frequently Asked Questions on 2014 Money Market Reform Release, Including Valuation Guidance

On April 22, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) staff released guidance, titled “2014 Money Market Fund Reform Frequently Asked Questions,” that discusses various interpretive issues arising from the SEC’s...more

CIMA: Proposed changes to outsourcing arrangements for funds service providers

The Cayman Islands Monetary Authority (“CIMA”) has recently released a draft Statement of Guidance: Outsourcing All Regulated Entities (Excluding Regulated Mutual Funds) (“SOG”) and Consultation Paper (“Paper”). The...more

IRS Releases Favorable Private Letter Ruling on “Taxable Annuity.”

On April 10, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released PLR 201515001 (Oct. 10, 2014), favorably addressing a “taxable annuity”—essentially, a deferred annuity contract supported, in part, by subaccounts, each of which...more

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