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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Why Are Retirees Spending Down So Slowly?

EBRI questions whether retirees are just determined to preserve their assets or whether they need more education about spending assets in retirement—both have implications for retirement plan advisers and sponsors.

Home Depot 401(k) Plan Latest Targeted with ERISA Fiduciary Breach Lawsuit

Plaintiffs include in their complaint a substantial amount of backward-looking fund performance data to underpin their failure to monitor claims, comparing the Home Depot offerings to others that could have been purchased.

Paychex Revamps Advisor Console

With a focus on accessibility and ease of use, Advisor Console’s new features and functionality allow financial professionals to be more efficient when serving their clients’ plans and investments.  

Don’t Run Out of Money, Have a Retirement Income Plan
In a guest article written for PLANADVISER, Thomas Dodd, executive director of Pavilion Advisory Group Inc., compares and contrasts common retirement income strategies—including the pros and cons of each method, as viewed from the perspective of participants.
SEC Signals Start of Formal Broker Fiduciary Rule Examination

Nearly a month after an appellate court unexpectedly quashed the DOL fiduciary rule expansion, the Securities and Exchange Commission has announced a date and time for its first formal meeting on the topic.

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

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

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