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Sellers’ Market Brings Succession Planning to the Fore

RIA industry analysts and executives agree that it’s a “sellers’ market” when it comes to acquisitions and mergers among independent advisory shops; they warn many potential sellers are ill-prepared for an ownership transition.

What Is a DOL Adviser Investigation Like?

The number of Department of Labor investigations of financial advisers has steadily increased over the years; here is a primer on the DOL’s sources of authority, and what to expect when examiners come knocking.

Assessing Likely Impacts of IRS Hardship Withdrawal Rule Changes

New rules established by Congress and the IRS simplify the process for participants to request a hardship withdrawal of DC plan assets; some experts say this could increase “leakage,” while others anticipate more positive effects, such as lower debt among cash-strapped participants.
Art by Dalbert B. Vilarino

Gen Xers Should Consider Sequence of Returns Risk

The recent bouts of equity market volatility highlight the importance of balancing portfolio growth aspirations with the need to protect what has already been accumulated; Generation X faces a difficult task in balancing short- and long-term financial priorities.

Plan Sponsors Have Questions About Dynamic Default Investments

Progressive plan design features take time to catch on, including the emerging “hybrid QDIA” approach that pairs TDFs and managed accounts; experts say plan sponsors are interested, but they remain unsure about the right way to design and deliver a dynamic default investment.

State-Based Fiduciary Regulations Take Shape in 2019

Regulators and legislators in a growing number of states say they are acting to fill a perceived void created by federal government disengagement; just last week, a long-awaited Nevada proposal was made public.
Art by Hye Jin Chung

Strategies to Manage Retirement Plan Loans

Enshrining these in a well-crafted loan policy statement can help plan sponsor clients take control of leakage and excess early withdrawals; like any stated compliance policy, what is written must be followed.

Advisers Play Important Role in Bringing ESG to ERISA Plan Clients

The Department of Labor issued a Field Assistance Bulletin in 2018 that caused some confusion about its true stance with respect to ESG investing inside ERISA plans; investment experts and attorneys say interest remains strong among plan sponsors and participants, nonetheless.

This Plan Sponsor Is All-In on ESG TDFs

Many plan sponsors fear being a trendsetter, but United World College-USA is proud of using ESG investing themes in its custom target-date QDIA, built with TIAA and LongView Asset Management, and offering a guaranteed retirement income solution.