DISRUPTION: Insider Service and Strategy Talk With PGIM

In an exclusive interview with PLANADVISER, PGIM Head of Institutional Defined Contribution Josh Cohen offers some guidance to advisers speaking with plan sponsors about litigation, fiduciary risk and progressive plan design.

FINRA Rep Monitoring Rule Change Could Trigger RIA Compensation Renegotiation

The regulator is reassessing its requirements for RIAs to monitor the outside business activities of their reps; one experts argues it is likely that, if the final rule reflects the proposed rule, many plan advisers who serve plans through an independent RIA (as opposed to the broker/dealer’s “corporate” RIA) will seek to renegotiate their compensation arrangements relating to their independent RIA revenue.

DISRUPTION: 3(38) Market Leader CAPTRUST Talks Growth Trends

“If the whole DC plan advisory industry could have a do-over from say, 20 years ago, I think there would probably be much more of an emphasis from a lot of different firms on the 3(38) arrangement,” says CAPTRUST CEO Fielding Miller; in an exclusive interview, he describes in detail the firm's success building scale in the 3(38) fiduciary advice market.

Social Security Optimization Can Extend Retirement Portfolios by a Decade

In an exclusive interview with Bill Meyer, founder and managing principal of Social Security Solutions in Leawood, Kansas, PLANADVISER hears about some serious shortcomings in the conventional thinking on Social Security claiming strategies—and a failure to coordinate these effectively with the drawdown of DC plan assets.

DISRUPTION: Transamerica’s New TPA Requirement Denotes Industry Pressures

Our series of exclusive interviews with retirement plan service providers, new and established, continues with Transamerica—which just recently announced a requirement that all new plans coming onto the platform with less than $3 million in assets must employ a retirement specialist TPA.

Accelerating DB Funding an Important Strategy to Discuss

Tax reform has only increased the incentive to accelerate contributions to defined benefit plans, and there will still be incentives in the future, but plan sponsors won't benefit if they don't lock in those gains.

DISRUPTION: Driving Down Plan Costs a Clear Focus for FixedFee401k

Our series of exclusive articles featuring retirement industry “disruptors” continues with another growing provider in the small- and mid-market, promising 50% lower costs than the traditional competition through the exclusive use of fixed fees.

Strategic Perspective Is a Key Commodity During Bouts of Volatility

As recently as mid-2016 it was common to hear advisers describe significant market volatility as the new normal, but since then the global equity markets have been remarkably stable and generous; so it makes some sense, experts agree, that investors are feeling jittery as volatility returns to the fore.