PLANSPONSOR Weekend Newsdash
Week ending January 15th, 2016
NOTE FROM THE EDITOR
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 www.PLANADVISER.com 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.*
Editor's choice
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 >
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.

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.

CenturyLink Sued by Plan Participants Over Large Cap Stock Fund Construction

Plan fiduciaries are accused of breaching their duties in the design, management, operation and administration of an active large cap U.S. stock fund offered as a core menu investment option.

DOL Rule Provides Tailwind for Adoption of Outsourced Fiduciary Services

For the $5 million to $500 million DC plan market, advisers and consultants offering 3(38) discretionary investment advice are more common.

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

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

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