PLANADVISER Weekend Newsdash
Week ending March 16th, 2018

Greetings and happy Friday! Regular readers of our daily news coverage will no doubt be familiar with the enormous amount of uncertainty that has become the norm in the retirement planning community—centered on the ever-shifting outlook for the DOL fiduciary rule, the unfolding impact of tax reform, a shifting health care landscape, and so many other avenues. This week’s conflicting Tenth and Fifth Circuit Court rulings on the fiduciary rule implementation drive the point home quite nicely. But one thing that should also be clear is that the fundamentals of client service remain remarkably stable over time. Collected below is a helpful series of articles and research, identifying the pillars of customer service. We hope you will share some of what you read with a client or colleague!

Client Service Amid Fiduciary Uncertainty
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. Read more >
DOL Fiduciary Rule Gets Another Successful Defense in Appeals Court
The appellee, Market Synergy Group, argued unsuccessfully that its representatives would never be able to make the Best Interest Contract Exemption, a key mechanism underlying the new DOL fiduciary rule, workable. Read more >
DISRUPTION: Insider Service and Strategy Talk With PGIM
In an exclusive interview with PLANADVISER, PGIM Head of Institutional Defined Contribution Josh Cohen offers some guidance to advisers speaking with plan sponsors about litigation, fiduciary risk and progressive plan design. 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 (as opposed to the broker/dealer’s “corporate” RIA) will seek to renegotiate their compensation arrangements relating to their independent RIA revenue. Read more >
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 >
Using Data to Determine the Best QDIA for Your Clients
A paper from Morningstar Investment Management lays out a framework for advisers and plan sponsors to determine the qualified default investment alternative (QDIA) that is the best fit for a plan’s demographics. Read more >
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2018 Adviser Choice Awards

PLANADVISER has announced winners of the fifth annual Adviser Choice Awards, to be handed out at the PLANSPONSOR/PLANADVISER Excellence in Retirement Awards 2019 on March 28th.

Georgetown University 403(b) Plan Defeats ERISA Challenge

In a colorfully worded opinion, the district court judge chides plaintiffs for failing to acknowledge basic facts about the way annuities work and their well-established role in 403(b) plans.

Study Points Out Benefits of Guaranteed Pensions to Economy

According to a study from the National Institute on Retirement Security, in 2016, each dollar paid out in pension benefits supported $2.13 in total economic output nationally.

Retirement Industry People Moves

The Standard Adds Retirement Plan Consultants to U.S. Regions; Regional Sales Director Joins OneAmerica’s Northern California Team; Two West Advisors Partners with TAG Resources; and more.

Empower ERISA Revenue-Sharing Lawsuit Voluntarily Dismissed

The court officially ended the case by approving a dismissal motion jointly filed by the parties.

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

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

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