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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Perella Weinberg names former NYC deputy mayor as CEO
trueRobert K. Steel, former CEO of Wachovia, was named CEO of Perella Weinberg Partners.
Poll results: Would a SIFI designation of a money manager impact your allocation to such firms?
trueIf the Financial Stability Oversight Council determines that large money managers are systemically important financial institutions, most P&I Online readers would not change their investments with such firms.
Money managers remaining vigilant against FSOC
trueMoney managers watching the Financial Stability Oversight Council grapple with systemic risk breathed more easily after being given a chance at a recent Washington conference to explain what they do. Still, they're not letting down their guard or putting away potential weapons just yet.
Treasury Department starting unit that includes oversight of public pension funds
trueThe Treasury Department is creating an Office of State and Local Finance to coordinate the department's efforts to oversee developments in state and local financial markets, including public pension fund liabilities.
PIMCO emerging markets co-head nominated for Treasury post
trueRamin Toloui was nominated by President Barack Obama on Thursdayto serve as the Treasury Department's deputy undersecretary for international finance, according to a White House statement.