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March 6th, 2018

2018 PLANADVISER Micro Plan Survey

Although the majority—69%—of micro plans work with an adviser of some sort, there is obviously room for more adviser support. One area where a skilled adviser may have the opportunity to gain new clients is in helping clarify the role of a fiduciary. Another area is plan design. The Micro Plan Survey indicates that a mere 20% of these plans automatically enroll participants, and just 13% use automatic escalation.  Read more >
FINRA Rep Monitoring Rule Change Could Trigger RIA Compensation Renegotiation
The regulator is reassessing its requirements for RIAs to monitor the outside business activities of their reps; one experts argues it is likely that, if the final rule reflects the proposed rule, many plan advisers who serve plans through an independent RIA will seek to renegotiate their compensation arrangements relating to their independent RIA revenue. Read more >
ETFs Can Help DB Plans With Risk and Liquidity
The majority of ETFs track indices, which forces the manager to think about their investment process, apply a systematic set of rules to it—and stick to it. Read more >
DC Plans Slowly Close Pension Performance Advantage
According to data from CEM Benchmarking, defined benefit pensions have outperformed defined contribution plans by less than half a percentage point over the last decade—described as a “huge improvement” for DC plan sponsors. Read more >
DOL Announces Fiduciary Responsibilities Seminar in Louisiana
The next Get It Right event will be held in Metairie, Louisiana, on April 11. Read more >
The Most ‘Outrageous’ ERISA Complaints Yet Filed?
IRS Life Expectancy Tables Updated for Retirees
Huntington National Bank, PAi Partner on 401(k) Solution
Booz Allen Hamilton, Others Face Passive TDF Performance Lawsuits
The New Vesting Schedule Debate
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Data Shows Women's Retirement Challenge Is More Severe
While fully two-thirds of men are saving for retirement outside of their workplace retirement plan, only 52% of women are doing the same. Women say their total retirement savings median is $42,000, and men say it is $123,000. Read more >
HSAs in Retirement Planning
Having too little money to pay for health care or long-term care is the greatest fear adults have about aging, Genworth found in a survey of 1,200 people, but, despite these apprehensions, only 20% of Americans have taken any steps toward figuring out how to finance, or toward actually financing, long-term care costs. Read more >
Market Mirror
Yesterday, the Dow gained 336.70 points (1.37%) to finish at 24,874.76, the NASDAQ increased 72.84 points (1.00%) to 7,330.71, and the S&P 500 gained 29.69 points (1.10%) to finish at 2,720.94. The Russell 2000 was up 12.88 points (0.84%) at 1,546.05, and the Wilshire 5000 closed 302.30 points (1.09%) higher at 28,283.69.   The price of the 10-year Treasury note was down 6/32, increasing its yield to 2.884%. The price of the 30-year Treasury bond decreased 9/32, bringing its yield up to 3.154%.
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