PLANADVISER 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. 
Editor's choice
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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Many Retirees Spending More Than They Expected

However, retirees spend 32% less than non-retirees.

First Deadline Looming for SEC Electronic Disclosure Compliance

When the SEC adopted the new Rule 30e-3 earlier this year, creating a new system for electronic delivery of fund information, it also established a transition disclosure period that starts in January, during which "funds that choose to implement the new delivery method for shareholder reports provide prominent disclosures in prospectuses and certain other shareholder documents that will notify investors of the upcoming change in transmission format.”

Progressive Plan Design Features Have Moved Down-Market
These are streamlining plan administration, increasing investment diversification and improving participant outcomes.
MetLife Pension Calculations Questioned in ERISA Complaint

The complaint suggests MetLife is failing to meet its obligations to ensure different annuity options offered to pension plan participants are actuarially equivalent default benefit, as required under ERISA.

Employee Knowledge Levels Indicate Need for Financial Wellness Education

Employees expressed concerns about budgeting, health care and emergency funds, and low levels of knowledge about financial and retirement topics were reported.

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

Advertising: Paul Zampitella paul.zampitella@strategic-i.com

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