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  1. Treasury Secretary Lew backs Puerto Rico bankruptcy protection

    trueTreasury Secretary Jacob Lew supports allowing Puerto Rico to access Chapter 9 bankruptcy protection as the commonwealth struggles to deal with $72 billion in debt.

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  1. Federal agencies report finds high-frequency trading a factor in October 'flash crash'

    trueThe “flash crash” in U.S. Treasuries on Oct. 15, 2014, came from several factors, including high-frequency trading.

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  2. GE will seek to reverse FSOC designation

    trueGeneral Electric Co. will seek to undo designation as a systemically important financial institution after it completes the sale of its lending business GE Capital, which it announced April 10.

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  3. Treasury Department, IRS release guidance to correct auto-enrollment errors

    trueThe Treasury Department and the IRS on Thursday announced new guidance to defined contribution plans offering auto-enrollment features that will make it easier for the plans “to easily correct administrative errors without risking the plan’s tax qualification and without having to obtain IRS ...

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  4. DC East conference themes focus on litigation, regulation, cybersecurity threats

    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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  5. Multiemployer plans untangle reforms

    trueSome multiemployer pension fund executives are trying to figure out whether to take advantage of a controversial new reform law that allows potential benefit cuts for participants and retirees. Others are hoping for further reforms to allow for alternative plan designs.

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  6. 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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  7. Monetary policy divergence becoming unusually explicit

    trueMonetary policy divergence — and the opportunities and downfalls it presents — is set to take center stage in conversations among global money managers in 2015, with expectations that divergence will accelerate.

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  8. IRS allows use of annuities in target-date fund series

    trueThe Internal Revenue Service on Friday said defined contribution plans’ use of a target-date fund series containing deferred annuities won’t violate IRS rules against DC plans discriminating in favor of higher paid employees, as long as other IRS guidelines are followed.

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  9. IRS, Treasury release final hybrid plan rules

    trueThe Treasury Department and the IRS finalized regulations for hybrid retirement plans such as cash balance plans that have been pending since 2010.

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  10. 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.

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  11. 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.

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  12. Maryland CIO leaving for federal post on public pensions

    trueA. Melissa Moye is resigning as chief investment officer of the $45.4 billion Maryland State Retirement & Pension System, Baltimore, officials announced Monday.

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  13. Treasury allows longevity annuities in retirement plans

    trueThe Treasury Department on Tuesday announced a final rule that will facilitate retirement plan participants' access to deferred-income annuities.

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