PLANSPONSOR Weekend Newsdash
Week ending February 5th, 2016
NOTE FROM THE EDITOR
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 >
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.
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.

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.

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

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

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