Newsdash Insight on Plan Design & Investment Strategy from PLANSPONSOR
March 20th, 2019

‘Reg BI’ and Dual Registrants

“I am a dual-hatted adviser—i.e., a broker/dealer and registered investment adviser. I primarily act as an investment adviser representative. When acting as an IAR, I can recommend mutual funds to investors that will pay 12b-1 fees to my broker/dealer, and I am paid 80% of those fees personally. How will the SEC’s proposed Regulation Best Interest affect that arrangement?” Read more >
Various Approaches to In-Plan Income
Plan sponsors do not necessarily think only of annuities when contemplating the addition of an in-plan retirement income option. Yet, recordkeepers commonly point to an annuity-based product as being top of mind for plan sponsor clients. Read more >
Half of Americans Believe All Advisers Must Act in Their Best Interest
Many do not know if their adviser is technically a broker/dealer or an adviser, Personal Capital learned in a survey. Read more >
Medium and Large Plans Drive Peak Pension Risk Transfer Sales in 2018
In 2018, single premium buy-out product sales peaked at $26 billion, more than 14% higher than 2017, according to LIMRA Secure Retirement Institute’s quarterly U.S. Group Annuity Risk Transfer Survey. Read more >
Biden’s First Veto Keeps DOL’s ESG Rule in Place
Experts Predict Major Growth in Retirement Coverage, Benefits
Principal Continues Focus on Asset Management, ‘Jet Fuel’ of the Business
Why 529 Education Savings Plans Are More Valuable Than Ever
Advisers Recommend Fiduciary Outsourcing Services, Mostly for Small Plans
New DCIIA Report Aims to Help DC Plan Sponsors With Custom TDF Discussions
Chris Nikolich, with AB, and co-contributor to the research initiative, told PLANADVISER, “The whole purpose of this was to allow plan sponsors to compare their custom allocations to others managed by potentially other investment managers. That kind of peer information didn’t exist; there has been no ability for plan sponsors to gauge how similar or different their custom TDF glidepaths are to others.” Read more >
Vanguard Launches Hub for Retirement Plan Consultants
Features of the Consultant Hub include a retirement plan comparison tool and custom investment reporting, among other things. Read more >
Market Mirror
Tuesday, the Dow closed 121.43 points (0.47%) higher at 26,035.53, the NASDAQ was up 9.47 points (0.12%) at 7,723.95, and the S&P 500 was virtually unchanged at 2,832.57. The Russell 2000 decreased 8.95 points (0.57%) to 1,554.98, and the Wilshire 5000 was down 22.11 points (0.08%) at 29,300.60. The price of the 10-year Treasury note was down 2/32, increasing its yield to 2.614%. The price of the 30-year Treasury bond decreased 4/32, bringing its yield up to 3.025%.
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