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Fiduciary Rule Delayed—but Not as Long As Expected

Thursday, March 02, 2017

The Department of Labor (DOL) has announced a 60-day delay of the applicability date for its conflict of interest rule and the accompanying exemptions. The purpose of the delay is to allow the DOL to comply with the presidential memorandum dated February 3, 2017, which directed the DOL to determine if the rule would adversely affect the ability of Americans to gain access to retirement information and financial advice.

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Fiduciary Update | February 2017

Monday, February 27, 2017

In this quarter’s Fiduciary Update, CAPTRUST’s Drew McCorkle provides an update on uncertainty around implementation of the Department of Labor’s conflict of interest rule, addresses the latest in fee and related plan litigation, and reports on topics including cybersecurity, lifetime income, and plan sponsor responsibilities for proxy voting.

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President Acts on Fiduciary Rule

Saturday, February 04, 2017

On February 3, 2017, President Trump signed a memorandum addressed to the acting Secretary of the U.S. Department of Labor about the so-called fiduciary rule. The President directed the DOL to determine if the rule will harm Americans’ ability to access retirement information and financial advice. What does this turn of events mean for retirement plan sponsors?

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Reader Q&A

Wednesday, February 01, 2017

In this issue, we examine the impact of potential tax reform on the municipal bond market, steps to take as you enter your retirement homestretch, and creative ways business owners can use insurance.

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What You Should Know About Probate, Trusts, and Beneficiary Designations

Wednesday, February 01, 2017

It pays to plan ahead. Creating an estate plan that avoids probate is an extra gift you can leave your beneficiaries. It can save them time and trouble, reduce costs, and protect everyone’s privacy, says attorney David A. Burns, a board-certified specialist in estate planning and probate law in Raleigh, North Carolina.

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Transitioning to Retirement: Must-Have Money Conversations

Wednesday, February 01, 2017

Transitioning to retirement is a big life adjustment, one fraught with mixed emotions and moments of uncertainty. The goal is not to deny that you are having these feelings, but to proactively address these concerns and discuss them with your partner. Advisors who view retirement holistically see this as part of their role. “If we can take the financial burden off their plates, then we have done our job, allowing them to focus on the other aspects of transitioning to retirement,” says Aaron J. Morris, a CAPTRUST financial advisor in Des Moines, Iowa.

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