PLANSPONSOR Weekend Newsdash
Week ending February 3rd, 2017
NOTE FROM THE EDITOR
Happy Friday, readers! By now you’ve probably read that President Trump has signed an executive order aiming to delay implementation of the DOL fiduciary rule; while not unexpected, the order is still in a sense surprising. Many millions of dollars have been spent by providers pursuing compliance with the stricter standards set by the unraveling rule—and few would argue that the basic goal of the regulations, removing very real conflicts of interest in the advisory space, is not a worthy one. We here at PLANADVISER are left feeling deeply reflective and, frankly, a little uncertain about what is in store for advisory compensation models and the basic understanding of what constitutes conflict-free advice.
Editor's choice
Orders Emerging to Halt Fiduciary Rule and Dodd-Frank
Even before the new president’s order became public its contents were made know in the trade media: The DOL has been directly ordered to find a way to halt the implementation of the fiduciary rule. Read more >
Investment Industry Must Double Down on Fairness and Transparency
In the advisory environment of the future, technical compliance with lax conflict of interest standards does not ensure client satisfaction. The demand for transparent and conflict-free advisory models has many more proponents than the now-defunct Obama Labor Department.  Read more >
Shifting, Difficult Advisory Environment Demands a Strategic Vision
During a recent and wide-ranging conversation with PLANADVISER, executives at Lockwood Advisors, a Pershing affiliate backed by BNY Mellon, sounded unapologetically optimistic about the future prospects for registered investment advisers and their supporting service providers. Success will require new ways of thinking about the client relationship. Read more >
Disruptors Poised For Success in Retirement Space
Nearly one-third of investors globally say they would switch to Google, Amazon or Facebook for banking, insurance and financial advisory services. The research results underscore the importance of creating brand trust and establishing a sense of responsiveness and openness for customers.  Read more >
Brand Trust Dominates IRA Rollover Decision
Fees are often thought of as the prevailing factor in most retirement investment decisions, but new research suggests the destination of an IRA rollover is determined by more subtle considerations. Even as the DOL conflict of interest rulemaking fades, the twin roles of trust and transparency are increasingly important.  Read more >
MOST POPULAR STORIES
Tax Bill Passed By Senate Backs Off 457(b), 403(b) Plan Changes

It appears some last-minute amendments have largely removed controversial provisions from the Senate’s version of tax reform legislation that would have had a big impact on governmental 457 and nonprofit 403(b) plan sponsors.

Pass-Through Tax Reform Impact on Small Businesses May Be Mitigated via Roth

The American Retirement Association says that tax reform could be a disincentive for small businesses to offer retirement plans; however, as one reader shares, there are counter considerations having to do with Roth 401(k) options that could mitigate some of the concern.

Education on Lifetime Income Needed in Not-for-Profit Sector
In-plan lifetime income options can secure certain benefits participants may not find in retail solutions, suggests a new study by TIAA.
Congressional Democrats Continue Push on Butch Lewis Act

The legislation would take steps to provide additional anti-cutback protections for Teamsters, miners, and other unionized American workers who have paid significant sums into multiemployer pension funds.

Settlement Ends Fujitsu Lawsuit Filed Over Plan Fees, Custom TDFs

In their lawsuit, the plaintiffs called the Fujitsu plan one of the most expensive in the country and specifically called out the design and implementation of the plan’s custom target-date funds.

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

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

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