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
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.
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.
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.

Retirement Industry People Moves

Insight Investment names portfolio strategist; Ascensus adds RVP to cover northern Texas region; QMA announces chief business officer; and more.

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

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

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

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

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