PLANADVISER 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.*
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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 >
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House Subcommittee Witnesses Bash SEC’s Regulation Best Interest

Out of five witnesses called before the House Subcommittee on Investor Protection, Entrepreneurship and Capital markets, just one spoke favorably about the SEC’s conflict of interest regulations—and his support was conditioned on the SEC taking further action in this area.

Mixed Ruling in Oracle ERISA Suit Strongly Favors Defense

Despite a setback for Oracle at the class certification stage, a new ruling out of a federal court in Colorado pushes back strongly against many—but not all—of the plaintiffs’ claims.

Retirement Industry People Moves

Nationwide Retirement Plans adds consultant relations director; Chalice creates partnership with Orion Services; GoldPoint Partners appoints managing principle; and more. 

Many Widows, Divorcees Feel Patronized by Financial Advisers

If they feel this way, they are inclined to shun advisers altogether, New York Life Investments learned in a survey.

Some Say Investors Are Better Served by Tactical TDFs
The Great Recession prompted many target-date fund managers to begin to consider tactical glide-path deviations based on market conditions and forecasts.

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

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

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