PLANSPONSOR Weekend Newsdash
Week ending February 26th, 2016
Happy Friday, PLANADVISER readers. In this week’s roundup we examine some critical emerging issues in retirement plan communications and education, leading us to the question, what have you done to ensure plan participants understand the real value and power of their employers’ benefits packages? And on the other hand, how much time have you spent learning what clients' employees want and need from their retirement plans?
Editor's choice
Participants and Plan Sponsors Part Ways on Assessing Readiness
Nearly six in 10 retirement plan sponsors say the majority of their participants are saving enough to retire with the income they will need, according to BlackRock’s DC Pulse Survey. But only 28% of the participants surveyed are confident they are saving enough. Where’s the disconnect?  Read more >
Boosting Participants’ Grasp of Benefits Starts With Better Delivery
The reason employers say understanding of benefits is so low? Most participants do not open or read even the basic explanatory materials, say up to 80% of plan sponsoring organizations. Nearly a third of companies said their participants do not perceive value in their benefits. Read more >
How Reliable Are Common Retirement Planning Tools?
Common retirement questions—Will I be able to retire? Do I have enough to retire? Will I run out of money in retirement?—naturally lead to one overarching question: How do I find the correct answer to these fundamental questions? Read more >
Is Retirement Saving Really Crowded Out by Other Priorities?
LIMRA Secure Retirement Institute found consumers who save for retirement are actually more likely to save for other goals, challenging the notion that retirement savings are often crowded out by other savings priorities or short-term spending.  Read more >
PLANADVISER Micro Plan Survey: Universal Opportunity
Perhaps one of the most telling findings from the 2015 PLANADVISER Micro Plan Survey is the increase in the number of retirement plans that work with an adviser and have $5 million or less in plan assets. Also striking, a very solid 74.2% of advisers say they are currently providing some level of one-on-one participant education.  Read more >
Advisers Beware and Be Cautious When Talking Taxes in 2018

During a webinar called to discuss the advisory industry impacts of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, experts warned advisers to be ready to decline to offer tax advice during 2018—over and over again.

Three Quarters of Americans Have Not Planned for LTC Needs

Yet nearly six in 10 say saving for long-term care is a financial priority

Wells Fargo Advisors SEC Filing Hints at Federal Fiduciary Investigation

The firm says it does not have additional information to share at this juncture beyond what has been noted in a 2017 year-end SEC filing; in that newly emerged document, Wells Fargo Advisors says it has begun an internal investigation into “whether there have been inappropriate referrals or recommendations” made by its advisors, including with respect to rollovers for 401(k) plan participants.

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.

Advisers Moving to a Client-Centric Model

Advisers are using new planning models and smarter technology, including automation, so that they can offer personalized service, SEI finds.

Editorial: Alison Cooke Mintzer

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