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Exemptions from Investor Protections Put California Savers at Risk
By Paul Schott Stevens
March 22, 2017
The following ICI Viewpoints is a letter to the editor by Paul Schott Stevens, president and CEO of the Investment Company Institute, in response to an editorial published on March 8, 2017, in the Los Angeles Times.
We share the Times’ interest in improving retirement coverage (Editorial, March 8). Unfortunately, Secure Choice and the exemptions California received from long-standing investor protections put savers at risk.
Under these exemptions, low-income workers will have limited recourse against malfeasance as this untested state program takes hundreds of dollars from their paychecks.
Federal law protects against unreasonable fees, but Secure Choice eliminated a cap on fees for the program’s first six years.
Federal law requires that retirement plan accounts be portable, but under the exemption, California could prevent workers from transferring account balances to other savings vehicles.
And the law would allow CalPERS, with its history of deficits and fraud, to run the program.
Despite good intentions, Secure Choice’s flaws raise serious doubts it can meaningfully address gaps in retirement coverage. Opening new gaps in investor protection won’t help. The US Senate should vote to restore federal safeguards for California savers.
Paul Schott Stevens
The writer is president and chief executive of the Investment Company Institute, a global trade association for mutual funds.
ICI Study: 55 Million US Households Own Mutual Funds
By Sarah Holden
February 24, 2017
Gathering and analyzing data about how shareholders purchase and use mutual funds are critical to ICI’s work to facilitate sound, well-informed public policies affecting funds, their investors, and the retirement markets.
Cybersecurity at Work: Keeping Secure When Away from the Office
By Peter Salmon
February 17, 2017
Part of a series of ICI Viewpoints covering cybersecurity issues.
In the previous installment of this series, we discussed the risks associated with information sharing. One aspect we did not touch on is the inadvertent sharing of information, or data, when traveling for business or pleasure. For example, anyone who has flown lately can clearly observe that planes are full with business travelers, often made obvious by their black ballistic-nylon laptop bags.
What's the “Exposure” of Money Market Funds to Europe?
By Sean Collins
January 26, 2017
At the American Economic Association (AEA) meetings in Chicago early this month, speakers and attendees at several sessions asked: do money market funds pose systemic risks?
Mutual Funds and ETFs’ Share of the Corporate Bond Market: What’s the Right Answer?
By Shelly Antoniewicz
January 19, 2017
Participation by mutual funds and exchange-traded funds (ETFs) in US corporate bond markets was a topic of discussion during several sessions held at the American Economic Association Meetings in Chicago earlier this month. Panelists and presenters alike cited “statistics” on the share of corporate bonds held by funds. The funny thing was, they all cited different numbers, running the gamut from 18 to 35 percent.
Education, Outreach, Advocacy: A Big 2016 for IDC and Fund Independent Directors
By Amy B. R. Lancellotta
January 17, 2017
The Independent Directors Council (IDC) just wrapped up another year of vigorous support for the fund director community—educating directors, bringing them together to share ideas and experiences, and advocating on their behalf in policy debates. This brief post, adapted from IDC’s 2016 Annual Review, highlights some of IDC’s more notable work over the course of the year.
For “401(k) Pioneers,” No Reason for Regrets
By Paul Schott Stevens
January 10, 2017
The following ICI Viewpoints is a letter to the Wall Street Journal by Paul Schott Stevens, president and CEO of the Investment Company Institute, in response to an article published on January 3, 2017.
It may be, as you report, that “401(k) Pioneers Lament What They Started” (Page A1, Jan. 3). But the facts are clear: America’s retirement system is stronger today, in the expanding 401(k) era, than it was when defined benefit pensions were the primary vehicle for retirement savings.