PLANSPONSOR Weekend Newsdash
Week ending January 6th, 2017
NOTE FROM THE EDITOR
Happy Friday, readers! In the last several weeks PLANADVISER has received volumes of 2017 market outlook commentary, offered up by a variety of respected retirement industry providers. While investment and asset management markets are always undergoing some change, providers today say they are seeing clients and the competition evolve faster than ever.  Adding to regulatory pressure, global growth challenges and political uncertainty are expected to persist during the year. As volatility climbs and correlations fall, conviction will be crucial for investors during the year to come. 
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Investors Urged to Stick With Equities, Staying Confident in 2017
The year that concluded in December started with one of the worst opening months for the equity markets on record, followed by a strong rally in Q4 that delivered solid annual returns; what will 2017 bring? Read more >
Populism Just One of Many Market Forces in 2017
Investment managers are assessing how social forces such as populism and a desire in many industries for less regulation could impact global growth and portfolio performance. Read more >
RIA Industry Sees Stalling Organic Growth
Data provided by Fidelity shows organic growth among RIA firms dropped to lowest level in five years; yet there is reluctance to take on major change in terms of pricing and value proposition. Read more >
Younger Investors Fuel Advice Market Growth
“In 2008, 40% of respondents indicated that they were interested in paying for advice; by 3Q 2016, the percent grew to 50%,” says Scott Smith, director at Cerulli. Read more >
DC Industry Changes Will Remain Even if DOL Rule Reversed
Broadridge identified three trends driving change in the retirement industry that it says will remain regardless of what happens to the DOL fiduciary rule. Read more >
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Tax Bill Passed By Senate Backs Off 457(b), 403(b) Plan Changes

It appears some last-minute amendments have largely removed controversial provisions from the Senate’s version of tax reform legislation that would have had a big impact on governmental 457 and nonprofit 403(b) plan sponsors.

Pass-Through Tax Reform Impact on Small Businesses May Be Mitigated via Roth

The American Retirement Association says that tax reform could be a disincentive for small businesses to offer retirement plans; however, as one reader shares, there are counter considerations having to do with Roth 401(k) options that could mitigate some of the concern.

Settlement Ends Fujitsu Lawsuit Filed Over Plan Fees, Custom TDFs

In their lawsuit, the plaintiffs called the Fujitsu plan one of the most expensive in the country and specifically called out the design and implementation of the plan’s custom target-date funds.

Congressional Democrats Continue Push on Butch Lewis Act

The legislation would take steps to provide additional anti-cutback protections for Teamsters, miners, and other unionized American workers who have paid significant sums into multiemployer pension funds.

Education on Lifetime Income Needed in Not-for-Profit Sector
In-plan lifetime income options can secure certain benefits participants may not find in retail solutions, suggests a new study by TIAA.

Editorial: Alison Cooke Mintzer alison.mintzer@strategic-i.com

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