PLANSPONSOR Weekend Newsdash
Week ending January 6th, 2017
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 >
Confusion Abounds After Fifth Circuit Decision Vacates DOL Fiduciary Rule

The latest decision out of the Fifth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals throws a dramatic new element of confusion into the epic regulatory saga that has been the rollout of the Department of Labor fiduciary rule.

Will SCOTUS Decide the Fate of the DOL Fiduciary Rule?

Some ERISA attorneys argue the Fifth Circuit decision last week to vacate entirely the DOL’s fiduciary rule expansion makes a Supreme Court decision on the matter inevitable; others are less sure that a decisive SCOTUS decision could be forthcoming, instead expecting the SEC to take the lead; still others admit they have little idea how the regulatory picture will shake out, recommending patience and ongoing compliance.

Many Americans Would Forego Social Security Payments for Student Loan Debt Forgiveness

The Student Security Act of 2017​ would grant $550 in student loan forgiveness for each month a student debtor was willing to raise his or her full retirement age, or $6,600 per year.

Nearly Three-Quarters of Boomers Want to Delay Retirement

More than three in 10 have no retirement budget.

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.

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