PLANADVISER Weekend Newsdash
Week ending January 25th, 2019

Happy Friday, readers! In this weekend’s newsletter we put a spotlight on the latest print edition of PLANADVISER Magazine. The issue features timely coverage of compliance matters, investment trends and client service strategies. In addition, top ERISA attorneys offer analysis of important regulations and court cases. We hope you will share some of what you read with a client or colleague.

Editor's choice
Cover Story: Smart Design
Striking the right balance between client service and profitability is more of an art form than a science, but it is an important exercise for every retirement plan advisory practice to utilize. Blue Prairie Group LLC took a deep look into this issue last year, tracking how many hours the team spent working on each client’s plan, who did what, as well as rating the difficulty of working with each client. Read more >
The SEC on Rollovers
The SEC says that an RIA is a fiduciary with duties of loyalty and care. That applies to all advice, including recommendations to take money out of a plan and roll it into an IRA with the adviser. To satisfy the duty of loyalty, the RIA must disclose conflicts of interest, including conflicts resulting from rollover recommendations. To satisfy the duty of care, the RIA should have policies and procedures for rollover recommendations that support the collection and evaluation of relevant information about the plan and proposed IRA and the assessment of whether the rollover aligns with the client’s profile. Read more >
Compliance News
The IRS has announced cost of living adjustments affecting dollar limitations for pension plans and other retirement-related items for tax year 2019. Read more >
Retirement Income Options
From his seat on the Institutional Retirement Income Council (IRIC), John Pickett sees what he calls “the next frontier of the DC [defined contribution] business”: systematic distribution for participants from the retirement plan. And, as with automatic plan design, advisers are in a key position to urge plan sponsors to embrace it. Read more >
R-6 Share Classes Hit $1.5T
The zero/zero class has grown 15% since last year. Read more >
Addressing Participant Concerns
If a sponsor does not respond, it could risk a civil and/or DOL lawsuit. Read more >
Weathering Audits
The DOL has extended the scope of its examinations. What should plan advisers know about these audits, and how can they help a client that needs to undergo one? Read more >
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Old Dogs, New Tricks: Training for Veteran Advisers Pays Off

A new case study suggests even advisers with decades of industry experience can attain measurable growth improvements with the short-term addition of training, coaching and peer accountability.

Weighing Active Management in DC Plans

Experts continue the debate about actively managed funds in light of a publication from the CFA Institute Research Foundation which asks, ‘Is active management worth it?’

CAPTRUST, T. Rowe, NBS Team Up on ‘MEP-PEP Alternative’ for Small Clients

The Direct Fiduciary program aims to allow companies to significantly reduce the amount of time spent managing an individual 401(k) plan by outsourcing administrative and investment fiduciary responsibilities.

SEC Sanctions Offer New Cybersecurity Guideposts
One former SEC enforcement leader says actions against several advisory firms that allegedly had cybersecurity failures make a clear case for the use of multifactor authentication—but that’s just the beginning of cybersecurity.
DOL, IRS and PBGC Call for Comments on Form 5500 Revisions

In addition to asking for input on the SECURE Act’s requirements and the current Form 5500, the DOL has published a notice of proposed changes to its implementation of regulations under Title I of ERISA.

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