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Advisors Advantage - November 2017

by Ary Rosenbaum on

The Bottom Line For Retirement Plan Providers. More plan assets for your clients is a good thing for many reasons. When I had the idea of starting a National ERISA practice 10 years ago, I knew I would have a tough time...more

Investment Services Regulatory Update - October 2017

by Vedder Price on

New Rules, Propsed Rules, Guidance and Alerts - SEC STAFF GUIDANCE AND ALERTS - SEC Staff Extends No-Action Relief on Auditor Independence and the “Loan Provision” - On September 22, 2017, the staff of the SEC’s...more

SEC Scrutinizes Multi-Manager Arrangements

by Carlton Fields on

Many mutual funds implement their investment strategies through "multi-manager" (also called "manager of manager") arrangements, particularly funds used to support variable life insurance and annuity products. Among other...more

Using Funds From Only One Family Is An Awful Idea

by Ary Rosenbaum on

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....more

Financial Services Weekly News - September 2017 #2

by Goodwin on

Editor's Note - In This Issue. Federal banking agencies are seeking public comment on their proposed revisions to the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA), the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) released a small...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

The Commission filed another in a series of actions against an investment adviser who put wrap fee program clients into more expensive mutual fund shares that benefited the adviser and disadvantaged the client. Two more...more

Edison must pay in long running Tibble lawsuit

by Ary Rosenbaum on

A federal court ruled that Edison International must pay more than $7.5 million to compensate plan participants for its decision to include high-fee retail share mutual funds in its 401(k) plan when identical institutional...more

Financial Services Weekly News - September 2017

by Goodwin on

Editor's Note - The Roundup has been on hiatus since its August 23 edition. Since then, we have had the misfortune to witness the widespread devastation inflicted by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. Our hearts go out to the...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Vanguard’s not well known for making waves, but the $4.5 trillion mutual-fund manager has quietly increased its corporate engagement activity over the past year—discussing governance, pay, and other issues with nearly a...more

Mutual Funds Should Consider Accelerating Filings in Advance of Increase in SEC Registration Fee Rate - August 2017

by Goodwin on

As a result of upcoming increases in securities registration fee rates applicable to mutual funds, funds with fiscal year ends of July or August and net sales should consider accelerating their annual Rule 24f-2 filings....more

Can Financial Institutions Use In-House Funds for Their Own Retirement Plans?

by Burns & Levinson LLP on

Financial institutions that sell mutual funds to the public often maintain 401(k) and other retirement plans for their own employees. In these plans, many financial institutions make their own mutual funds available to...more

The real reason why bad funds are in 401(k) plans

by Ary Rosenbaum on

Researchers once looked at some data to try to figure out why many poor 401(k) investment choices linger on fund lineups. The researchers identified one fairly clear explanation: a sub-par fund is much more likely to stay on...more

Mutual Fund Advisers Win Again on Section 36(b) Claims

by Carlton Fields on

Following a four-day bench trial, New Jersey District Judge Renee Bumb granted judgment to defendant Hartford mutual fund advisers on "excessive fee" claims brought by fund shareholders under Section 36(b) of the Investment...more

More Fund Companies Sanctioned for Misusing Fund Assets for Distribution

by Carlton Fields on

The SEC recently settled enforcement actions against William Blair and two Calvert companies for using mutual fund assets to pay distribution-related expenses in violation of Investment Company Act Rule 12b-1 and for certain...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Vanguard CEO William McNabb announced plans yesterday to step down, a big announcement for the mutual fund giant that finds itself “in the middle of one of the biggest growth spurts ever experienced by a large asset...more

Chipping Away - Does the DOL's Fiduciary Rule Continue to Be on the Chopping Block?

by Dechert LLP on

The U.S. Department of Labor (the “DOL”) published in the Federal Register on July 6, 2017 a Request for Information (the “RFI”) regarding the final regulation defining who is a “fiduciary” of an employee benefit plan as a...more

Charitable Giving Strategies

by Bowditch & Dewey on

If you have been looking for ways to give back this summer, you might want to try something different. The majority of people donate to charitable organizations through gifts of cash, but this may not be the most...more

My problem with Target Date Funds

by Ary Rosenbaum on

When it comes to consumer products and food products, we have stringent labeling requirements. Products must have the contents to support that they are Made in the USA, organic, and juice in order to put that claim on their...more

ETF Boards Need to Apply Gartenberg Differently

by WilmerHale on

The differences between the respective cost structures of exchange-traded funds and mutual funds and the nature of advisory services provided for each product may require boards to think about the Gartenberg factors...more

Food for Thought, part 3

Below, a continuation of our bibliography of thought-provoking articles on issues related to right-sizing regulation, staying private versus going public, and related topics...more

Fund Liquidity Risk Management Task Force

by Dechert LLP on

Implementing the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) fund liquidity risk management rules presents distinct challenges for open-end mutual funds and exchange-traded funds (ETFs), and compliance with the rules will...more

Breach of Fiduciary Duty Case Against University Retirement Plan Fiduciaries Survives Motion to Dismiss

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

A plaintiffs' class action law firm in St. Louis made national headlines last August when it filed a series of breach of fiduciary duty lawsuits under ERISA, the federal employee benefits law, against the fiduciaries of...more

Financial Services Weekly News - May 2017 #2

by Goodwin on

Editor's Note - In this Issue. The House Financial Services Committee passed the Financial CHOICE Act that would make significant changes to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau; the U.S. Securities and Exchange...more

Why you have bad funds in 401(k) plans

by Ary Rosenbaum on

A few years ago, researchers from the business schools at the University of Indiana and the University of Texas at Austin looked at some data to try to figure out why many poor 401(k) investment choices linger on fund...more

SEC Guidance Signals Approval for “Unbundled” Pricing for Mutual Funds

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

A recent ruling by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) indicates approval for mutual funds to be sold without servicing costs already built into the cost of the fund. In other words, the SEC ruling states that...more

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