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American Benefits Council calls for simplified retirement approach from Washington
trueEmployers need more flexibility and simplicity in providing retirement and other benefits, officials with the American Benefits Council said Tuesday as they unveiled a strategic plan for where employee benefits should be in 2020.
DC plans can expect little from Washington, conference attendees told
trueDefined contribution plan executives have many opportunities to encourage participants to save more for retirement without needing extra legislation or regulation. And even if they wanted more rules and laws, there’s little chance significant legislation or regulation affecting the retirement plans ...
CFTC eases restrictions on hedge fund advertising
trueThe Commodity Futures Trading Commission softened restrictions on advertising by hedge fund managers that are registered as commodity pool operators.
ERISA at 40
trueWhile the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 benefited millions of people, it did not live up to the “retirement income security” part of its name. Along with praise for what ERISA did accomplish, there are now calls for fixing what it did not.
Lessons learned from ERISA
trueERISA was a farsighted law in many aspects, especially in defining and assigning fiduciary responsibility, including prohibition on conflicts of interests, to those overseeing pension funds. But ERISA in the long term failed to expand defined benefit coverage.
High-speed traders enlist former CFTC commissioner to improve image
trueFormer U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission member Bart Chilton, an outspoken critic of some high-speed trading practices while at the agency, has been enlisted in a Washington-based effort to improve the image of an industry beset by regulatory and legislative scrutiny.
DOL issues RFI for guidance on brokerage windows in retirement plans
trueThe Department of Labor issued a request for information to determine whether it should issue additional regulations and/or guidelines for brokerage windows in retirement accounts covered by the Employee Retirement Income Security Act.
Robert Nagle, an architect of ERISA, dies at 84
trueRobert E. Nagle, who as general counsel of the Senate Committee on Labor and Public Welfare was one of the architects of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, died on Saturday night in McLean, Va., following a battle with cancer. He was 84.
S&P Dow Jones Indices stands pat on Russian stocks
trueS&P Dow Jones Indices will not remove any Russian stocks from its indexes at this time as a result of recent sanctions on some Russian securities imposed by the Department of Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control, said David Blitzer, managing director and chairman of the index committee.
Challenges of cybersecurity
trueTrustees and other fiduciaries overseeing large asset pools face increasing challenges from cybersecurity risk, and must strengthen their risk management and preparedness to deal with these potential threats.
Global retirement systems must be reformed — EY report
trueThere is a general acceptance among industry experts, policymakers and governments that global retirement systems must be reformed
Sanctions against Russia may lead to index changes
trueIndex funds might have to divest Russian securities under new sanctions.
Poll results: Do you think Dodd-Frank addresses the 'too-big-to-fail' threat?
trueThe vast majority of P&I Online readers do not believe the Dodd-Frank Act addresses the "too-big-to-fail" threat.
CFTC commissioner appointed CEO at International Swaps and Derivatives Association
trueScott O'Malia was named CEO of the International Swaps and Derivatives Association, the organization announced Wednesday.
Hedge funds, banks come under fire for basket options
trueRenaissance Technologies, Barclays Bank PLC, and Deutsche Bank AG were criticized for misusing structured financial products to avoid taxes and banking leverage limits.