PLANSPONSOR Weekend Newsdash
Week ending March 18th, 2016
Happy Friday, PLANADVISER readers. Another week of watching and we still have yet to see the final fiduciary rule language emerge from the Department of Labor. Judging by our top-clicked articles, the industry is waiting with baited breath for a final rule that will likely look a lot like the proposed version published last year. In the meantime, our weekend newsletter will help you catch up on the latest fiduciary rule expectation and speculation. 
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DC Plan Fees Down Another Notch
While retirement plan fee litigation seems to be heating up and up, retirement plan fees actual fell last year, as they have each year since 2010.  Read more >
TDFs Affect Retirement Plan Participant Trading Activity
Overall, 1.52% of participant balances was transferred in 2015—well below the historical average of 2.88%, thanks in large part to the ever-expanding influence of target-date funds. But does less trading overall mean less bad trading?  Read more >
Goldman Sachs Investment Management Acquires Honest Dollar
Writing the next page in the book of industry consolidation and client service technology-based acquisitions, the Investment Management Division of Goldman Sachs has agreed to acquire the web and mobile-based retirement savings platform Honest Dollar, which specializes in the start-up and micro-plan markets. Read more >
In-Person Meetings Best Retirement Plan Participant Motivator
A Lincoln Financial survey found a significant decline in participant engagement and a sharp rise in instinctive decisions in the last year—two trends tempered by the influence of in-person financial advice.  Read more >
Retiring at 75
The class of 2015 faces a retirement age as late as 75—two years later than what the Class of 2013 could expect—because of increasing student loan debt, rising rents and Millennials’ approach to money management, according to analysis by NerdWallet. Read more >
Advisers Beware and Be Cautious When Talking Taxes in 2018

During a webinar called to discuss the advisory industry impacts of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, experts warned advisers to be ready to decline to offer tax advice during 2018—over and over again.

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.

Three Quarters of Americans Have Not Planned for LTC Needs

Yet nearly six in 10 say saving for long-term care is a financial priority

Wells Fargo Advisors SEC Filing Hints at Federal Fiduciary Investigation

The firm says it does not have additional information to share at this juncture beyond what has been noted in a 2017 year-end SEC filing; in that newly emerged document, Wells Fargo Advisors says it has begun an internal investigation into “whether there have been inappropriate referrals or recommendations” made by its advisors, including with respect to rollovers for 401(k) plan participants.

Advisers Moving to a Client-Centric Model

Advisers are using new planning models and smarter technology, including automation, so that they can offer personalized service, SEI finds.

Editorial: Alison Cooke Mintzer

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