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Retirement Industry People Moves

Mercer Advisors and GFS Create RIA Firm Integration; Cetera Creates New Channels and Enhances Leadership Team; Nationwide Hires Lead for Retirement Institute; and more.

Court Finds ERISA Does Not Preempt Illinois Slayer Statute

The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals quoted a Supreme Court decision which said “the principle underlying the statutes—which have been adopted by nearly every State—is well established in the law and has a long historical pedigree predating ERISA.”

P-Solve Report Questions Some Common TDF Manager Practices

“While appropriate for some participants, heavy reliance on equities is almost certainly not suitable for as many 401(k) participants as the allocation of the largest TDF managers suggests,” P-Solve argues. “TDFs are built mainly for favorable economic and market environments.”

Equity Compensation Plan Participants Want Advice

Among those who have never exercised or sold their equity compensation or ESPP, 34% admit to being worried about selling under the wrong market conditions and 34% say they are afraid of potential tax implications of making a wrong decision.

Interest Doesn’t Always Bring Adoption of Robo-Adviser Tech

Since 2015, investors' interest in using digital advice platforms has increased modestly, far outpacing actual adoption, according to Cerulli; for clients of both traditional advisers and robo platforms, knowing disclosure information is easily available is often felt to be more important than reviewing it in depth.

SEC Reveals Share Class Selection Disclosure Initiative

Under the new “SCSD Initiative,” the SEC’s enforcement agents will recommend “standardized, favorable settlement terms” for investment advisers that self-report that they failed to disclose conflicts of interest associated with the receipt of 12b-1 fees by the adviser or an affiliated broker/dealer; the regulator further warns that advisers who fail to take advantage of this program will be punished more severely in the future.

Wagner Law Group Dissects Possible Tax Cuts and Jobs Act Loophole

Since the 20% deduction of qualified business income means that a self-employed individual will be taxed at a lower rate than an employee performing substantially the same work with a broker/dealer firm, might more brokerage employees be driven to act as independent contractors?