When we last rang in a new year, then President-elect Trump’stransition team was in full throttle, a controversial fast-foodmaven had been nominated to head the Labor Department, well-sourcedspeculation swirled as to the new administration’s intentions forthe fiduciary rule, and a President Obama-era safe harbor waspoised to usher in a new generation of state-administered workplaceretirement plans.

Meantime, stock markets surged. The transition team begancalling its shot on tax reform, promising delivery by the end ofthe summer, raising real questions for the future treatment ofqualified retirement plans.

All the while, court dockets around the country were stackedwith fresh claims against massive defined contribution plans.

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Nick Thornton

Nick Thornton is a financial writer covering retirement and health care issues for BenefitsPRO and ALM Media. He greatly enjoys learning from the vast minds in the legal, academic, advisory and money management communities when covering the retirement space. He's also written on international marketing trends, financial institution risk management, defense and energy issues, the restaurant industry in New York City, surfing, cigars, rum, travel, and fishing. When not writing, he's pushing into some land or water.