Many sponsors in the mid- and small-plan market, facing pressure from participants and regulators, are seeking DC specialist advisers for the first time.
The latest U.S. monthly product trends report from Cerulli Associates compares the approaches to client service and practice leadership adopted by men versus women advisers.
In conversation with PLANADVISER, cybersecurity attorney and former SEC staffer Marlon Paz suggests it is absolutely essential for advisory firms to have a senior executive “not just appointed but also empowered” as the chief information security risk officer.
Retirement plan advisers work closely with recordkeepers and third-party administrators, and as in the recordkeeping market, there are significant and persistent pressures reshaping the TPA landscape.
The principal of financial adviser inclusion and diversity at Edward Jones reflects on her job leading the advisory company’s revamped diversity efforts—informed by her own first career as an adviser in the field.
The financial services and retirement advisory industry has collectively invested tens, if not hundreds of millions of dollars in the last decade to boost the use of big data technology; one researcher asks how it’s all paid off.
They are finding this results in better performance and reduced litigation risk.
Charlie Cote, head of Retirement Link Sales at J.P. Morgan Asset Management, reflects on two decades of working with defined contribution retirement plan investors.
Greater use of centralized portfolio management means advisers are under pressure to prove their value in other ways, such as offering financial wellness programs.
In addition, many are not confident in their firm’s cybersecurity.
But, as the ranks of advisers nearing retirement grows, there is a need for formal succession plans, TD Ameritrade says.
Most executives interviewed by Cerulli believe that home-office discretion will increase as “underperforming advisers are identified and persuaded to use portfolios created by the headquarters consulting group.”
Elite retirement plan advisers are using new and proven tactics to meet the growing demands of plan sponsors in an evolving industry.
The head of retirement and investment solutions at Pershing discusses the impact that uncertainty around the fiduciary rule is having on firms and clients throughout the DC plan industry.
The head of DCIO sales for Wells Fargo describes an encouraging trend in the way advisers are defining their value and assessing pricing that is fully rationalized and fair to both the client and the firm.
Some firms also report handling certain rule preparations or implementation activities poorly in some ways and well in other ways.
The system engages fiduciaries and advisers throughout the process, allowing them to see their plan investments and understand why each fund is becoming more or less aligned with their needs.
Eighty-three percent of advisers believe a fiduciary standard will benefit the growth of their practice, regardless of the status of the DOL rule.
CFP Board released a draft of proposed revisions to its Standards of Professional Conduct for a 60-day public comment period, running through August 21, 2017.
The recent study suggests advisers base their decisions on company goals and client needs to maximize potential growth.