Newsdash Insight on Plan Design & Investment Strategy from PLANSPONSOR
January 17th, 2019

Advisers Play Important Role in Bringing ESG to ERISA Plan Clients

The Department of Labor issued a Field Assistance Bulletin in 2018 that caused some confusion about its true stance with respect to ESG investing inside ERISA plans; investment experts and attorneys say interest remains strong among plan sponsors and participants, nonetheless. Read more >
A 2019 To-Do List for Plan Sponsor ERISA Compliance
PLANSPONSOR Magazine has published a 2019 ERISA Plan Compliance Calendar that can help your clients track important due dates and requirements for their qualified plans. Read more >
Fidelity M&A Report Counts Fewer, Far Bigger Deals Among RIAs and IBDs
Fidelity’s 2019 Wealth Management M&A Transaction Report shows there were 23 RIA deals inked during the year worth $1 billion or more.   Read more >
Federal Courts Still Parsing Prudent Plan Administration
Attorneys with Mayer Brown say there has been little consensus or direction from the federal courts (at least so far) as to what exactly constitutes prudent administration of tax-qualified benefit plans; this will remain a challenge in 2019 and beyond.  Read more >
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Fiduciary outsourcing: Understanding the options
Explore fiduciary outsourcing options that simplify plan operations and investments while mitigating risk. Read more >
ADP to Offer SmartDollar’s Financial Wellness Program
It will be available to all clients and joins a number of other financial wellness programs that ADP already makes available. Read more >
Addressing Participant Concerns
If a sponsor does not respond, it could risk a civil and/or DOL lawsuit. Read more >
Market Mirror
Wednesday, the Dow gained 141.57 points (0.59%) to finish at 24,207.16, the NASDAQ closed 10.86 points (0.15%) higher at 7,034.69, and the S&P 500 increased 5.80 points (0.22%) to 2,616.10. The Russell 2000 was up 9.48 points (0.66%) at 1,454.70, and the Wilshire 5000 climbed 79.88 points (0.30%) to 27,059.48. The price of the 10-year Treasury note was down 2/32, increasing its yield to 2.725%. The price of the 30-year Treasury bond increased 3/32, bringing its yield down to 3.071%.
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