PLANSPONSOR Weekend Newsdash
Week ending February 24th, 2017
NOTE FROM THE EDITOR
Happy Friday, readers! This week brought the publication of the annual PLANADVISER Micro Plan Survey, focused on those plan sponsors with less than $5 million in assets. If you aren’t interested in serving micro-plan sponsors, the data suggests you may want to think again. Taken as a whole the micro-plan market in many ways is quite large and presents a tremendous opportunity for advisers. We hope you will explore the study findings, and see other recent PLANADVISER proprietary research linked below. 
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2017 PLANADVISER Micro Plan Survey
Because there are larger fees to be earned from plans with greater assets, recordkeepers and even advisers may be tempted to gravitate—and often do—toward plans with more than $5 million. But the needs of micro plans can be quite vast, as are the opportunities for a good plan adviser in this corner of the market. Read more >
PLANADVISER Defined Contribution Investment Only (DCIO) Survey
DCIO fund allocations have remained stable, with 50% of assets in stocks. Interestingly perhaps, considering asset-allocation funds’ prevalence in fund lineups, only 19% of DCIO assets are in such funds. Read more >
PLANADVISER Practice Benchmarking Survey
The 2016 PLANADVISER Practice Benchmarking Survey gives you a guidepost to see how you compare with your peers. Read more >
PLANADVISER Recordkeeper Services Guide
Retirement plan advisers may often find themselves in the role of matchmaker: working with a defined contribution client to determine which investments and platforms or providers are the best fit. To be in a top position to guide the client, an adviser must keep abreast of the provider community, so as to stay current on what products and services are available to suit each client’s needs. Read more >
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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.

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.

CenturyLink Sued by Plan Participants Over Large Cap Stock Fund Construction

Plan fiduciaries are accused of breaching their duties in the design, management, operation and administration of an active large cap U.S. stock fund offered as a core menu investment option.

DOL Rule Provides Tailwind for Adoption of Outsourced Fiduciary Services

For the $5 million to $500 million DC plan market, advisers and consultants offering 3(38) discretionary investment advice are more common.

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

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

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