Newsdash Insight on Plan Design & Investment Strategy from PLANSPONSOR
January 4th, 2018

Adviser Choices on Participant-Level Fiduciary Recommendations

Plan sponsors do not need to offer, or facilitate offering, investment advice to participants if they are afraid to, based on fiduciary concerns. “But some sponsors really want to make sure they do everything they can for their participants—and that’s both a blessing and a curse for those sponsors,” says Jason Rothman, managing consultant at consulting firm Findley Davies in Cleveland. Read more >
Mutual Fund Performance Reporting for the 21st Century
Debate has continued over a rule that would change the way investors receive important information from their mutual funds. According to SEC Commissioner Kara Stein, the proposed rule 30e-3 would, for the first time, allow funds to provide shareholder reports via the Internet even when investors do not actually choose e-delivery Read more >
Voya CIO Analyzes Fixed-Income Opportunities
A new analysis published by Matt Toms, Voya Investment Management’s chief investment officer for fixed income, suggests diminished monetary policy support, tied to emerging risks that could drive downside volatility for bonds, favor “selling into strength” as opposed to “buying on weakness.” Read more >
Working With Professional Groups
Professional groups such as law firms, engineering firms and medical practices have unique and potentially competing needs for their retirement plan. The highly compensated owners’ main worries are saving enough for retirement and reducing their tax liabilities, but they are also concerned about their employees. Read more >
IRA Rollovers in 2018
The IRC and ERISA have the same definition of fiduciary investment advice. The only difference is that ERISA imposes a standard of care on fiduciaries—i.e., the prudent man standard and the duty of loyalty—and the IRC does not. Read more >
IRS Life Expectancy Tables Updated for Retirees
Meet Dave Barry, Professional Humorist and Pulitzer Prize Winner
The Most ‘Outrageous’ ERISA Complaints Yet Filed?
Keeping Up with the Securing a Strong Retirement Act
Booz Allen Hamilton, Others Face Passive TDF Performance Lawsuits
2017 PLANADVISER Practice Benchmarking Survey
As a retirement plan specialist, do you think the field is increasingly competitive? Are you concerned about fee compression or an industry race to the bottom? How do you measure profitability and success? If you struggle with any of these questions, you are far from alone. Read more >
2018 PLANADVISER National Conference
Whether you’re looking for fresh perspectives, a new provider partner or even the next adviser teammate, the PLANADVISER National Conference is the place to vault your practice to the next level. As an attendee, you’ll find a networking-friendly environment, inviting you to engage directly with skilled experts and leading advisers to help you differentiate your message, add value for your clients and cultivate sustainable growth in an evolving regulatory environment. Read more >
Editor's Letter: The Simplest Fix
Without the opportunity to “touch” the money, employees put it aside, and it grows without interference. This concept of payroll deduction and putting money aside before the earner can access it is also why the concept of leakage challenges the industry so much.  Read more >
Market Mirror
Wednesday, the Dow increased 98.67 points (0.40%) to 24,922.68, the NASDAQ climbed 58.63 points (0.84%) to 1,065.53, and the S&P 500 closed 17.26 points (0.64%) higher at 2,713.07. The Russell 2000 was up 2.56 points (0.17%) at 1,552.58, and the Wilshire 5000 gained 189.92 points (0.68%) to finish at 28,181.10. The price of the 10-year Treasury note was up 5/32, decreasing its yield to 2.446%. The price of the 30-year Treasury bond increased 22/32, bringing its yield down to 2.781%.
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