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Week ending November 11, 2016
Hello, PLANSPONSOR readers! With all the news surrounding the presidential election this past week, we dive deeper into how President-elect Donald Trump and his administration may handle the Department of Labor fiduciary rule. However, election-coverage isn’t the only news. In a webinar about 403(b) practitioners, the Internal Revenue Service answers questions concerning student employees; robo-advisers may present fiduciaries with challenges regarding the Conflict of Interest Rule; and participants at the Ford Motor Company accuse two providers of violating their fiduciary duties in permitting excessive fees on participant accounts. All this and more in this edition of PLANSPONSOR Weekend. 
Robo-Advisers Create Challenges for Plan Fiduciaries
Plan sponsors must carefully vet robo-adviser offerings to participants. 
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IRS Answers Questions About 403(b) Universal Availability Rules
Internal Revenue Service (IRS) agents discussed student exclusions, the less-than-20-hours-per-week exclusion, eligibility for employer contributions and the once-in-always-in rule. 
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Fee Arrangement Between Providers Questioned in ERISA Suit
Participants in three Ford Motor Company retirement plans suggest their adviser and recordkeeper are permitting excessive fees to be charged to participant accounts.
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Industry Voices
Barry’s Pickings Online – Post-Election Thoughts
Will the Trump administration repeal the DOL’s fiduciary rule, and is comprehensive tax reform possible? 
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ForUsAll Offers Safe Harbor 401(k) Resource Center
A “Safe Harbor 101” handbook explains when a safe harbor 401(k) is needed and how they function. 
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Trump Presidency Will Impact Providers' Fiduciary Rule Response
Early commentators warn anything is possible, but there may be some relief coming on the strict contract and recordkeeping requirements in the DOL fiduciary rulemaking.
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Roth IRAs Can Benefit Participants in Various Circumstances
A new report from Vanguard argues Roth IRA offerings can help participants concerned about estate planning and maximizing tax efficiency for retirement spending.
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Can Funds With 12b-1 Fees Still Work in Retirement Plans?
Some experts say taking the 12b-1 approach can result in lower net fees, while others call for an end to the method for paying investment provider fees and expenses. 
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Deals and People
Retirement Industry People Moves
T. Rowe CIO to Retire; Voya Hires VP of ESG; Morningstar Appoints Two New Leaders in Tech; and more.
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2016 Recordkeeping Survey
The market's growth has manifested itself with more recordkeeping assets concentrated in the 20 largest providers. This trend also highlights the homogenization and commoditization of a growing number of recordkeeper services that were considered added value just ten years ago. Although providers in the 2016 PLANSPONSOR Recordkeeping Survey are ranked according to various criteria, none of the rankings can definitively answer the question of whether bigger recordkeepers are better recordkeepers.
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