PLANADVISER Weekend Newsdash
Week ending January 10th, 2020

Happy Friday, readers! This weekend’s newsletter focuses on the always timely topics of investing and the markets. Recent PLANADVISER articles have touched on such themes as the growing acceptance of ESG investing in the United States, the potential performance of stocks and bonds in 2020, the importance of using participant data in default investment decisions, and more. We hope you will share some of what you read with a client or colleague.

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Keeping Defaulted Participants on the Right Path
Roughly 80% of participants initially accept target-date funds when they are offered as the default investment, although acceptance declines to approximately 70% after five years of participation. Read more >
Predictions of Growth and a ‘Status Quo’ Presidential Election
Are earnings estimates too high? Is the trade progress substance or show? How long can a recession be avoided? What might the election mean for the economy? Read more >
Advocates Hope a New Decade Will Bring Continued ESG Progress
Experts says environmental, social and governance investing mandates are being boiled down to more practical, discrete risk areas, such as cybersecurity or board diversity. Read more >
Carbon-Sensitive Portfolios Perform as Well as Those That Aren’t
S&P studied companies demonstrating three levels of carbon sensitivity and found that all three held up in terms of stock performance; furthermore, S&P says these companies are well managed. Read more >
Increased Volatility Projected for 2020, but No Recession
Asset managers also expect modest economic growth to shift investors’ attention to smaller companies, value stocks and cyclical sectors. Read more >
What Might the SECURE Act Mean for Lifetime Income?
Giving retirement plan sponsors legal protections when they offer lifetime income products doesn’t change the fact that investors generally have low opinions of annuities. Read more >
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Three New ERISA Lawsuits Bash Actively Managed TDFs

Three new lawsuits question the offering of actively managed target-date funds to retirement plan participants.

$300 Million Plan Faces ERISA Fiduciary Breach Lawsuit

The plan being challenged in the latest fiduciary breach lawsuit held less than $300 million as of the start of last year, making it one of the smallest to become the target of an ERISA complaint.

Attorneys Offer Closer Reading of DOL’s Open MEP RFI

Advisers and broker/dealers hoping to work with open multiple employer plans now have a short window to offer their perspectives to the Department of Labor and the Internal Revenue Service.

Another Lawsuit Challenges Use of Untested CITs in 401(k) Plan

A similar lawsuit was filed in May against an investment manager and a different plan sponsor.

DOL Aims to Quickly Simplify Conflict of Interest Framework

The main theme of the new fiduciary rule proposal is alignment with other regulators—the SEC and FINRA in particular—but the agency is by no means surrendering its jurisdiction over tax-qualified retirement plans.

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