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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.

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  1. 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.

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  2. 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.

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  3. 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.

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  4. 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.

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  5. 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.

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  6. 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.

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  7. 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.

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  8. 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.

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  9. 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.

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  10. 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.

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  11. 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.

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  12. 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

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  13. 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.

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