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trueLitigation, regulation, legislation and some consternation emerged as dominant themes at the annual Pensions & Investments' East Coast Defined Contribution Conference, held March 1-3 in Miami.
Obama pushes for new fiduciary standard
truePresident Barack Obama called for a new fiduciary standard proposal from the Department of Labor to protect middle-class retirement savers that he said are being hurt by some advisers' conflicts of interest.
Settlements offer lessons in breach suits
trueAs sponsors and service providers continue settling ERISA fiduciary breach lawsuits, the rest of the defined contribution industry is taking careful notes.
Company stock option fading from 401(k) plans
trueCompany stock in defined contribution plans continues to shrink as a percentage of assets, plans offering the option and participants investing in it, recent research and surveys show.
Fitch: GASB 67 a mixed bag for public pension funds
trueSome public pension funds are reporting higher asset values under GASB 67 because of strong returns in recent years, said a new report from Fitch Ratings.
Government subsidies are a deal-breaker for clean energy investors
trueOne factor holding back widespread investment in clean technology is the need for government subsidies.
FSOC moves toward more transparency
trueThe Financial Stability Oversight Council agreed Wednesday to bring more transparency to its process for determining whether non-bank financial institutions are systemically important to the country’s financial stability.
DOL rule for plan funding notices applies to single-employer plans for first time
trueSingle-employer defined benefit plan sponsors covered by ERISA have new guidelines for annual funding notices in a final rule published Monday by the Department of Labor's Employee Benefits Security Administration.
Plan funding notices to apply to single-employer plans for first time; final rule expected Feb. 2
trueSingle-employer defined benefit plan sponsors covered by ERISA will have new guidelines for annual funding notices when the Department of Labor's Employee Benefits Security Administration publishes a final rule Feb. 2.
Norm Champ to leave as SEC's director of investment management
trueNorm Champ is resigning from the SEC as director of investment management at the end of January, the Securities and Exchange Commission announced Wednesday.
S&P settles with SEC, 2 states over CMBS ratings
trueStandard & Poor's Ratings Services agreed to pay a total of $77 million to settle federal securities law violations involving its ratings of commercial mortgage-backed securities to the SEC, and to the offices of the New York and Massachusetts attorneys general.
Advocate church plan appeal advances
trueAdvocate Health Care can proceed to the appeals court level to defend itself in a church pension plan challenge, a federal judge said.
SEC approves new transparency rules on swaps trades
trueMost swaps trades will have to be reported to the public under rules approved by the SEC on Wednesday.
SEC prioritizes market risks for 2015, will continue to review private equity fees
trueSEC compliance officials will spend 2015 focused on protecting retail investors' retirement savings and assessing market risks
MetLife appeals to federal court to overturn SIFI designation
trueMetLife Inc. asked a federal court on Tuesday to overturn its designation as a non-bank systemically important financial institution by the Financial Stability Oversight Council.