PLANSPONSOR Weekend Newsdash
Week ending January 13th, 2017
NOTE FROM THE EDITOR
In addition to our daily news coverage published online and our bimonthly print edition, PLANADVISER regularly releases original research examining various aspects of the retirement specialist advice market. Collected below is a list of our most recent research reports, including the Practice Benchmarking Survey, the DCIO Survey, the Recordkeeper Services Guide and the Retirement Plan Adviser Survey. Each report is designed to provide actionable insight and a deeper understanding of the retirement advisory business. 
Editor's choice
PLANADVISER Practice Benchmarking Survey
The 2016 PLANADVISER Practice Benchmarking Survey gives you a guidepost to see how you compare with your peers. Although the industry often talks about moving away from focusing on just the “three Fs”—funds, fees and fiduciaries—two of those still lead many conversations. Read more >
PLANADVISER Defined Contribution Investment Only Survey
In the first three years after debuting the PLANADVISER Defined Contribution Investment Only Survey, in 2012, investment managers reported fairly strong increases in assets each year. This trend changed in 2015, however, as the assets of the 38 participating DCIO investment managers remained practically flat, with an increase of just $13.9 billion (0.4%) to end the year with a total of $3.1 trillion in assets. Read more >
PLANADVISER Recordkeeper Services Guide
Retirement plan advisers may often find themselves in the role of matchmaker—working with a defined contribution client to determine which investments and platforms or providers are the best fit. To be in a top position to guide the client, an adviser must keep abreast of the provider community, so as to stay current on what products and services are available to suit each client’s needs. Read more >
PLANADVISER Retirement Plan Adviser Survey
Although educating participants and helping plan sponsors craft the best possible plan design for their company may be two of the most important functions of a retirement plan adviser, aiding sponsors in their selection of investment options, not to mention the most appropriate recordkeeper for their plan, certainly are two other critical functions.  Read more >
MOST POPULAR STORIES
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.

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.
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.

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.

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

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

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