PLANSPONSOR Weekend Newsdash
Week ending February 5th, 2016
Happy Friday PLANADVISER readers! This week’s editor’s choice kicks off with some lighter fare—a look at star quarterback Payton Manning’s own imminent retirement and the health of NFL players' pension plan. The plan, like many sponsored by private employers in the U.S., is struggling with a low funded status and other challenges. The week gone by also had plenty of news related to the DOL's forthcoming fiduciary rule and the wider regulatory and market environment marked by stubborn bouts of volatility.
Editor's choice
A Look at Retirement Benefits for NFL Players
Word is this Super Bowl will be Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning’s last game before retiring. Read more >
Rep-as-Portfolio Manager Approach Keeps on Growing
The adviser-as-portfolio manager approach to client service can be a real differentiator, but it can also hamper a firm with significant liability and serious amounts of legwork. Read more >
Beware of ‘Partial’ TDF Users
Even otherwise knowledgeable users of target-date funds seem not to fully understand the diversification benefits of TDFs, leading to the harmful behavior of “partial TDF use.” Read more >
Institutional Investors See First Losing Year Since Financial Crisis
Institutional assets tracked by the Wilshire Trust Universe Comparison Service, saw the first negative calendar year since the financial crisis, with a median return of -0.17%. Read more >
Now Is the Time to Review In-Plan Income with Plan Sponsor Clients
IRIC finds plan sponsors that have not recently revisited an in-plan income  solution will be more inclined to do so in 2016 “since the landscape is very fluid and new solutions appear often.” 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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