PLANADVISER Weekend Newsdash
Week ending March 2nd, 2018

Happy Friday, readers! In this weekend’s mailing, we present a series of exclusive interviews conducted with a highly connected panel of retirement plan industry movers and shakers. The experts offer both broad and granular insights into their respective firms’ ongoing sales and growth strategies. We hear from well-established providers and emerging industry disruptors alike, and taken together the articles offer some important insights about ongoing change in the defined contribution retirement plan industry. We hope you share some of what you learn with a client or colleague.

Practice Management
DISRUPTION: 3(38) Market Leader CAPTRUST Talks Growth Trends
“If the whole DC plan advisory industry could have a do-over from say, 20 years ago, I think there would probably be much more of an emphasis from a lot of different firms on the 3(38) arrangement,” says CAPTRUST CEO Fielding Miller; in an exclusive interview, he describes in detail the firm’s success building scale in the 3(38) fiduciary advice market. Read more >
DISRUPTION: Driving Down Plan Costs a Clear Focus for FixedFee401k
Our series of exclusive articles featuring retirement industry “disruptors” continues with another growing provider in the small- and mid-market, promising 50% lower costs than the traditional competition through the exclusive use of fixed fees. Read more >
Fee, Share Class Shifts at Schwab and Putnam Reflect Vigorous DCIO Competition
Recent interviews with product development executives at Putnam and Charles Schwab show the aggressive steps brand name providers are taking to keep their edge in a highly competitive and unforgiving marketplace. Read more >
Fee and Industry Shifts Mean Retirement Plan Providers Can Play Hardball
A look back at how Fidelity will charge new plan sponsor clients on its platform who choose Vanguard products makes visible the hard-nosed competition that defines the retirement plan recordkeeping and brokerage industries. Read more >
The Duty of Loyalty
ERISA demands it; the Wagner Law Group explains how courts have interpreted it. Read more >
MOST POPULAR STORIES
Education About Tax Treatment and Fees Could Boost 401(k) Participation

Findings from a Capital One survey about why employees do not participate in their employer-sponsored retirement plan offers opportunities for education, according to Stuart Robertson.

IRS to Focus on Retirement Plan Distributions and 403(b) Plan Rules in 2019

A Program Letter lists compliance strategies for the agency for next year.

Inertia Remains a Plan Sponsor Problem, Too

The language of “inertia” and “disengagement” are often used to describe the natural state of retirement plan participants, but new research from Wells Fargo suggests plan sponsors are also prone to settling with the status quo.

How Rising Interest Rates Affect Stable Value Funds
While money market funds may look more appealing in the short run, this is not expected to last.
Open MEPs Could Create Many Opportunities for Advisers
Should Congress or federal regulators eliminate the common nexus and bad apple rules that have held back open multiple employer plans, experts anticipate many more small businesses will jump in.

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

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

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