EXCLUSIVES

New Conflict-of-Interest Proposal Expected from SEC

As the Department of Labor (DOL) fiduciary rule process appears destined for defeat, experts speculate about the possibility that the SEC could take its own regulatory actions to address adviser conflict of interests; some say a new SEC rule could be proposed this week.

The Benefits of the OCIO Model

Shifting responsibility of investment decision making to a discretionary manager offers a host of benefits to defined benefit plan and defined contribution plan sponsors, such as cost savings and better returns—benefits that trickle down to participants.

(b)lines Ask the Experts – In-Service Distributions for Participants in Phased Retirement Program

“Our university recently instituted a ‘phased retirement’ program for faculty where they can gradually transition into retirement by working a reduced schedule while still retaining university benefits. After two years, the faculty member then formally retires from the university. Such employees remain eligible for retirement plan benefits until they actually retire, but my question relates to in-service distributions.

(b)lines Ask the Experts – What or Who is a ‘Named Fiduciary’?

“Recently the recordkeeper who is taking over administration of our Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) 403(b) plan from a prior recordkeeper asked for the identity of the plan’s “named fiduciary.” Though I am well familiar with who the plan’s fiduciaries are, I am unfamiliar with the term “named fiduciary.” Can the Experts clarify?”

Maintaining a Top Notch Call Center

In an age where technology rules, call centers are still an important tool for those wanting a more personal experience.