PLANSPONSOR Weekend Newsdash
Week ending January 19th, 2018

Happy Friday, readers! This weekend’s mailing focuses on the all-important topic of Client Service. In particular, we have collected articles and research providing helpful context for understanding sub-optimal plan participant decisionmaking, and how to correct for this. We see that paying down debt and needing cash for day-to-day expenses were top reasons for decreasing DC plan contributions in the last year—and we examine the main drivers of lasting client trust and engagement. In addition, find below the data from our most recent Adviser Value Survey, which explores in detail the sentiments and behaviors of institutional advisory firm clients. We hope you will share some of what you learn with a client or colleague!  

Client Service
PLANADVISER Adviser Value Survey
Why do plan sponsors hire retirement plan advisers? Is it to help them improve their plans? To improve plan governance? To bring expertise the plan sponsor does not have? Arguably, often for more than one of those reasons, and likely for others, as well.  Read more >
Consumer Trust in Advisers Shaped By Memberships, Experience
Thirty-five percent of Americans surveyed by Million Dollar Round Table say their trust would increase in financial professionals if they can demonstrate they are active members of industry associations. Read more >
Clashing Financial Priorities Can Derail Participants
The experts noted that the “end-to-end journey for a single participant experience with a given provider will have between 100 and 200 points of inflection across the consumer lifecycle.” By focusing on delivering the right educational content at the right time to the right people, plan providers and employers have a tremendous opportunity to improve overall outcomes, experts agree. Read more >
Planning for Medicare Premiums and Drug Costs Is a Difficult Fact of Life
A new EBRI analysis suggests some couples retiring in the near future could need as much as $370,000 in dedicated savings just for medical care; small wonder to see workers are hungry for advice on managing Medicare premiums and drug costs. Read more >
Participants May Evolve, But Some Things Remain the Same
Both retirees and workers still say the best piece of guidance in helping them prepare financially for retirement is knowing how much money they will need to be financially secure. Read more >
Divorce and Failing Health Amid Overlooked Retirement Roadblocks
Clients and advisers alike often overlook the possibility of divorce or losing a spouse in their financial planning. Read more >
The Value of Transparency in Participant-Level 401(k) Data
The technology conversation is no longer simply about the amount of data available, but rather how it is used and, more specifically, how granular it is, as to the view it affords advisers. Read more >
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.

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.

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.

Retirement Programs Must Continue to Evolve to Address Participant Needs
Chuck Coldwell, vice president - national director, Consulting and BOLI Services at Pentegra, believes as an industry, we still have not reached the goal of getting the majority of participants in a good place for retirement—even with auto enroll and escalate.

Editorial: Alison Cooke Mintzer

Advertising: Paul Zampitella

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