PLANADVISER Weekend Newsdash
Week ending February 7th, 2020

Happy Friday, readers! Managing a retirement planning practice means balancing priorities and budgeting time. Sometimes the focus is on selling and business development. Other times, client service comes to the fore, or it becomes necessary to take a step back and reconsider one’s strategic perspective. Collected below is a series of helpful and timely articles that can help your practice move ahead efficiently and effectively in 2020. We hope you share some of what you read with a client or colleague.

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More Advisers Look for Co-Fiduciary Support from their B/Ds
A look at the results of the PLANADVISER Practice Benchmarking Survey between 2011 and 2019, showing some areas of significant evolution in the way advisers build and run their practices.  Read more >
Fee Compression Is Old News for Recordkeepers, Fund Managers
Fee compression hit recordkeepers first, then asset managers. Advisers are next, experts agree, but they can learn some important lessons from their service provider partners. Read more >
The Foundations of Good Practice Management
As retirement plan adviser specialists draw up their business plans for 2020, the vast majority are planning for growth.  Read more >
M&A Mechanics: What to Know Before Selling or Buying
How is an advisory practice’s value measured? What determines the revenue measurement—or the multiple? Read more >
Ready for a New Market?
Nonprofits and other sponsors of 403(b) plans need the fiduciary and investment expertise of specialist retirement plan advisers. Read more >
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The New Vesting Schedule Debate
Surveys and anecdotal evidence suggest plan sponsors are shortening their plan’s vesting periods, but there remains disagreement in the industry about whether vesting schedules may in fact disappear.
More TDF Underperformance ERISA Lawsuits Filed

The new cases closely resemble a host of others filed in recent months that suggest fiduciary defendants selected underperforming target-date funds.

Why Are Financial Services Firms Looking to Wealth Management Leaders?
The short answer is that more financial services firms are looking at their wealth management divisions as drivers of growth; the long answer is a lot more complicated.
The Future of Work in the Investment Industry

The CFA Institute’s recent report examines leading trends and explores the future of work in the investment industry.

The Most ‘Outrageous’ ERISA Complaints Yet Filed?

One fiduciary insurance expert who has long been tracking ERISA litigation says a spate of new complaints filed in recent weeks are the ‘most outrageous’ the industry has ever seen.

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