PLANSPONSOR Weekend Newsdash
Week ending January 15th, 2016
Happy Friday, PLANADVISER readers! It was another jam-packed week for the advisory industry, marked by dramatic downswings in global equity markets. At the time of this writing the DJIA is down 450 points on the day—and -8% on the year—and crude oil is trading below $30 a barrel. Whatever the markets have in store, stick with for the information you need to face volatility and uncertain markets head on. *Please note, there will be no news or mailings on Monday to mark the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.*
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A More Cautious Take on In-Plan Alternative Investments
Differing from the narrative of some providers, one researcher suggests the use of alternative investments may not expand that much further in the DC space. Read more >
What Comes Next for In-Plan ESG Investing?
From the headline-grabbing U.N. climate summit held in Paris to new DOL regulations on environmentally-minded investing by retirement plans, sustainability is clearly on the mind. How are providers responding? Read more >
Yet Another Year of Adviser Growth Sought
It’s not surprising that independent advisory business owners want to keep growing their practices in 2016, but their level of confidence in the face of volatility and unfavorable demographics is striking. Read more >
Awareness of Fee Levelization Is on the Rise
Charging retirement plan participants equitable fees is an issue that retirement plan advisers need to champion, experts say, because plan sponsors are largely unaware of the matter and service providers, particularly recordkeepers that receive revenue-sharing payments, are not very eager to address it. Read more >
State of the Union Underscores Health-Retirement Link
President Obama’s speech to the nation on Tuesday focused more on health care than retirement benefits—neither was a major discussion point—but there was still plenty of food for thought for the DC investment industry. 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.

Nearly Three-Quarters of Boomers Want to Delay Retirement

More than three in 10 have no retirement budget.

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.

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.

Editorial: Alison Cooke Mintzer

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