PLANADVISER Weekend Newsdash
Week ending March 29th, 2019

Happy Friday, readers! Recognizing the close of the first quarter of 2019, this weekend’s newsletter is focused on the topic of practice growth and prospecting. Is your firm hitting its growth targets so far for the year? If not, the articles collected below may offer some food for thought, as they analyze the main pressures that continue to shape the market for financial advice. These are the need to preserve the quality of advice being delivered at scale, client demand for digital solutions, regulatory changes, fee compression and the increasing longevity of investors. We hope you will share some of what you read with a client or colleague.

Prospecting and Practice Growth
‘Decumulation Challenge’ May Drive Next-Gen Digital Advice
CFB Board sees decumulation as a likely driver of digital advice innovation, especially as an aging population creates a need for more efficient and effective services. Read more >
Advisers Can Benefit From Asset Manager M&A Trends
One key M&A trend identified in a new PwC report is the growing prevalence of large asset management and/or private equity entities making minority-stake investments in wealth management firms. Read more >
ESOPs Offer Additional Business Opportunity for Retirement Plan Advisers
Employee stock ownership plans deliver benefits to employers and employees. Advising ESOPs can bring new opportunities. Read more >
Advisers Find Outsourcing Key to Growing Practices
Technology, investment management, and legal and compliance are the top three areas where advisory practices often turn to outside experts, according to Fidelity.  Read more >
Advisers Can Help Start-Up Retirement Plans Evolve
PLANSPONSOR’s 2018 Defined Contribution Survey found many start-up plans have not yet adopted plan design best practices and many are unsure about fees, but fortunately, nearly two-thirds employ the services of a retirement plan adviser or institutional investment consultant. Read more >
Closer Client Relationships Drive Greater Growth and Satisfaction
According to FPA, financial planners who engage in “know your client” behaviors gain deeper personal fulfillment from many more of their client relationships. Read more >
MOST POPULAR STORIES
6th Circuit Backs Defense in Fidelity Freedom Funds ERISA Suit

One expert who works on the fiduciary insurance side of the retirement plan industry calls the appellate ruling ‘the best decision ever written in an excessive fee case,’ and one which could dissuade other plaintiffs in similar cases.

Ready for PTE 2020-02 July 1 Enforcement?
The July 1 enforcement date for the Department of Labor’s new best-interest rollover documentation requirements has been widely publicized, but that doesn’t mean all advisers are ready.
Olin Corp. Soundly Defeats ERISA Lawsuit

The judge’s opinion sides firmly against the arguments made by the plaintiffs in the case, who are among the many litigants currently represented by the law firm Capozzi Adler.

Retirement Industry People Moves

The Retirement Advantage hires veteran financial professional, while AssetMark will acquire Adhesion Wealth.

Senate Finance Committee Advances EARN Act

The committee’s unanimous passage of the EARN Act represents another step forward for an ambitious package of retirement planning reforms making their way through the legislative process.

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