PLANADVISER 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 >
MOST POPULAR STORIES
SECURE Act Ensnared in Senate After Flying Through House
Washington insiders say Senator Ted Cruz is probably the biggest roadblock to the SECURE Act being passed in the near-term under unanimous consent; among other issues, he wants the bill to allow people to use tax-advantaged 529 college savings accounts to pay for home school expenses.
Dow, DuPont and Corteva Sued for Allegedly Ducking Pension Obligations

According to plaintiffs in a new ERISA lawsuit, the pension plan in question was underfunded by nearly $6 billion dollars when its assets and liabilities were transferred to a spinoff company.

Industry Demands Delay of New Jersey Fiduciary Regs, Deference to SEC

Advocacy and lobbying organizations representing the interests of brokers/dealers and investment advisers operating in New Jersey continue to voice their disapproval of the proposed regulations.

Adidas 401(k) Lawsuit Argues Passive Funds Best for Participants

Participants allege Adidas’ decision-making, monitoring and soliciting bids from investment funds was deficient

Newly Allowed 401(k)s Will Need Advisers
Advisers may shy away from helping hemp and CBD companies with their 401(k)s because they may find themselves crossing into advising for a cannabis company as well, but there are protections—and money to be made.

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

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

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