PLANSPONSOR Weekend Newsdash
Week ending March 31st, 2017
Happy Friday, readers! Last night in New York we celebrated the 2017 PLANSPONSOR and PLANADVISER Awards for Excellence Dinner. A big Thank You once again to all of the sponsors and attendees. We hope you all enjoyed the event as much as we did. Included below are links and landing pages for all of our various awards programs, including the newly announced 2017 Plan Advisers and Plan Sponsors of the Year. Stay tuned to and the PLANADVISERdash for the latest information about all our upcoming events and award program deadlines.
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PLANSPONSOR Retirement Plan Advisers of the Year
The 2017 PLANSPONSOR Retirement Plan Advisers of the Year—the finalists and the winners—give us advisory practices that have demonstrated an unfailing commitment to helping plan sponsors meet their fiduciary responsibilities and to assisting plan participants sufficiently prepare for retirement. Read more >
Adviser Choice Awards
The Adviser Choice Awards recognize retirement specialist advisers’ most favored investment and recordkeeping providers. Read more >
Meet the 2017 PLANADVISER Top 100
To become eligible for this quantitative listing, advisers must complete the annual PLANADVISER Retirement Plan Adviser Survey, fielded each September. As we did last year, instead of having advisers select a category in which to compete—with the potential for gaming the system—we defined categories by the number of advisers and number of total employees, including support staff, in one’s practice. Read more >
Service Star Individual and Team Winners
In 2015, PLANSPONSOR introduced a new awards program: the PLANSPONSOR Service Stars. The awards recognize retirement plan account representatives and relationship managers who, in the words of their plan sponsor clients, have demonstrated truly exemplary service over the past year. Read more >
Best in Class 401(k) Plans
Best in Class plans were identified by way of a proprietary system that weighted usage/implementation of more than 30 criteria related to plan design, oversight/governance and participant outcomes. Read more >
PLANSPONSOR Plan Sponsor of the Year Winners
The Plan Sponsor of the Year annual award program recognizes retirement plan sponsors that show a commitment to their participants’ financial health and retirement success. Read more >
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.

Will SCOTUS Decide the Fate of the DOL Fiduciary Rule?

Some ERISA attorneys argue the Fifth Circuit decision last week to vacate entirely the DOL’s fiduciary rule expansion makes a Supreme Court decision on the matter inevitable; others are less sure that a decisive SCOTUS decision could be forthcoming, instead expecting the SEC to take the lead; still others admit they have little idea how the regulatory picture will shake out, recommending patience and ongoing compliance.

Many Americans Would Forego Social Security Payments for Student Loan Debt Forgiveness

The Student Security Act of 2017​ would grant $550 in student loan forgiveness for each month a student debtor was willing to raise his or her full retirement age, or $6,600 per year.

Nearly Three-Quarters of Boomers Want to Delay Retirement

More than three in 10 have no retirement budget.

DISRUPTION: Insider Service and Strategy Talk With PGIM
In an exclusive interview with PLANADVISER, PGIM Head of Institutional Defined Contribution Josh Cohen offers some guidance to advisers speaking with plan sponsors about litigation, fiduciary risk and progressive plan design.

Editorial: Alison Cooke Mintzer

Advertising: Paul Zampitella

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