PLANADVISER Weekend Newsdash
Week ending February 2nd, 2018

Happy Friday, readers! This weekend’s mailing focuses on the always-pressing topic of Practice Management. Below you will find the latest cut of data from the annual PLANADVISER Practice Benchmarking survey, as well as a frank conversation with a self-described “industry disruptor,” among other timely articles. We hope you will share some of what you learn with a client or colleague.

Practice Management
PLANADVISER Practice Benchmarking Survey
As a retirement plan specialist, do you think the field is increasingly competitive? Are you concerned about fee compression or an industry race to the bottom? How do you measure profitability and success? If you struggle with any of these questions, you are far from alone. Read more >
Talking Advisory Industry Disruption with America’s Best 401K
The direct-to-sponsor firm proudly brands itself as an advisory industry disruptor, boasting fast revenue growth and a 30-day average sales cycle; we sit down with lead strategy officer Josh Robbins for a frank conversation about what comes next for the company and its “traditional” competition. Read more >
Diverse Buyers Capitalize on ‘Fragmented, Dispersed’ RIA Market
Cerulli categorizes consolidator firms into three segments, and “The merits and drawbacks of each segment’s business model will often depend on the adviser’s motivations for affiliating with a larger partner.” Read more >
Advisers Are Apparently Ignoring Cybersecurity Threats
Only 27% of RIAs surveyed by TD Ameritrade suggest that “cybersecurity issues,” even when very broadly defined, are likely to impact client portfolios during 2018; experts suggest this is just wishful thinking. Read more >
Retirement Plan Technology and Security Landscape Evolves Quickly
A new Corporate Insight report offers a brief history of the development of financial services technology security measures introduced since 1996—delivering for retirement plan fiduciaries important contextual information about today’s evolving best practices. Read more >
Home Offices Must Get More Active In Staff Succession Plans
Troubling, many of the companies that say they have formal succession planning programs in place in truth dedicate very few hard-dollar resources, if any, to help. Read more >
Top Adviser Teams Practice True Collaboration
More than 60% of advisers say they work within a team structure, yet only one-third of teams regularly collaborate in their daily decisions and processes. Read more >
MOST POPULAR STORIES
Education About Tax Treatment and Fees Could Boost 401(k) Participation

Findings from a Capital One survey about why employees do not participate in their employer-sponsored retirement plan offers opportunities for education, according to Stuart Robertson.

IRS to Focus on Retirement Plan Distributions and 403(b) Plan Rules in 2019

A Program Letter lists compliance strategies for the agency for next year.

Inertia Remains a Plan Sponsor Problem, Too

The language of “inertia” and “disengagement” are often used to describe the natural state of retirement plan participants, but new research from Wells Fargo suggests plan sponsors are also prone to settling with the status quo.

How Rising Interest Rates Affect Stable Value Funds
While money market funds may look more appealing in the short run, this is not expected to last.
Open MEPs Could Create Many Opportunities for Advisers
Should Congress or federal regulators eliminate the common nexus and bad apple rules that have held back open multiple employer plans, experts anticipate many more small businesses will jump in.

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

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

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