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  1. 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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  1. 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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  2. SEC announces pilot program to expand tick sizes for small-cap trades

    trueThe SEC on Tuesday announced a one-year pilot program to widen minimum tick sizes for small-cap stocks.

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  3. CFTC appoints new secretary

    trueChristopher J. Kirkpatrick was named secretary of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission.

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  4. 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.

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  5. Public pension funds get share of BofA's record $16.65 billion settlement

    trueSeveral state pension funds are among the recipients of Bank of America Corp.’s $16.65 billion in fines and consumer relief to end federal and state probes into mortgage bond sales.

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  6. SEC rules Timbervest violated Investment Advisers Act

    trueAn SEC administrative law judge ruled Wednesday that institutional timber manager Timbervest LLC violated terms of the Investment Advisers Act of 1940.

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  7. 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.

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  8. Washington state high court rules pension benefit reductions are constitutional

    trueThe Washington State Supreme Court upheld as constitutional two bills passed by the state Legislature in 2007 and 2011 that reduced benefits for some participants in several of the state's pension funds.

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  9. SEC: Private fund manager AUM up 22% for year ended May 31

    trueRegulatory assets under management by private equity, hedge fund and other private fund managers required to register with the SEC increased 22% to $8.9 trillion in the year ended May 31.

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  10. 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.

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  11. 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.

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  12. SEC ruling expected in Timbervest case

    trueAn SEC administrative law judge is scheduled to rule this week on whether institutional timber manager Timbervest LLC's violated securities laws and order firm officials to pay more than $15 million in disgorgement payments and interest.

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  13. 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.

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