PLANSPONSOR Weekend Newsdash
Week ending March 17th, 2017
NOTE FROM THE EDITOR
Happy Friday, readers! This week the DOL fiduciary rule and 401(k) industry-focused litigation again grabbed headlines—but readers also responded with interest to our story, “Few Millennials Making Recommended 401(k) Contribution.” Research reported on in the article offers equal cause for concern and optimism about Millennials’ collective financial future. Collected below you will find a series of additional articles exploring the role of Millennials as consumers and providers of financial advice. 
Editor's choice
Millennials’ Most Valuable Asset: Time
According to data from John Hancock Retirement Plan Services and Allianz Life, many Millennials have already fallen behind recommended retirement savings targets—but they also have time to recover and set the right approach. Read more >
Millennials Essential
Many studies have shown that two-thirds of retirement advisory practices have no succession plan. This widespread failure among retirement plan practices to consider the future can be particularly troubling, as “the average age of all advisers today is 51, 21% are over the age of 60, and 50% are within 15 years of retiring,” says Richard Saperstein, managing director and chief investment officer at HighTower Treasury Partners in New York City. Read more >
Millennials Favor ESG Amid Unfavorable Political Climate
While little concrete policy has yet been crafted, it is commonly assumed that the Trump administration will have little enthusiasm for promoting environmental, social and governance investing. Read more >
Millennials Fret Their Student Debt Load
More than half of all young workers worry about repaying their student debt “either all the time or often,” according to a new survey by American Student Assistance. Read more >
Millennials Overconfident in Their Financial Knowledge
Less than a quarter know the basics about finances. Read more >
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Congressional Democrats Continue Push on Butch Lewis Act

The legislation would take steps to provide additional anti-cutback protections for Teamsters, miners, and other unionized American workers who have paid significant sums into multiemployer pension funds.

DOL Sues Retirement Plan Fiduciaries for Misusing Plan Assets

A federal district court judge entered a judgment requiring Michael Lewis, former president of Acme Orthotics and Prosthetic Laboratories Inc., to restore $128,535.75 in losses owed to the company’s Profit Sharing 401(k) Plan and Trust.

Some Millennial Retirement Expectations Unrealistic

One-third say they plan to save $200,000 or less to be comfortable in retirement; they only expect to live to age 81; and very few feel they will end up in an assisted living facility, according to a survey.

Debt Causing Financial Vulnerability for Pre-Retirees

Researchers suggest debt management should be a factor in retirement security policy.

With SEC Move Pending, New York Joins Other States Making Fiduciary Reforms

Regulatory developments in Nevada and New York show inaction at the federal level on clarifying advisers’ and brokers’ fiduciary duties is leading to a patchwork of state-by-state approaches to mitigating conflicts, real and perceived. 

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

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

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