PLANSPONSOR Weekend Newsdash
Week ending March 31st, 2017
NOTE FROM THE EDITOR
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.
Editor's choice
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 >
MOST POPULAR STORIES
Tax Bill Passed By Senate Backs Off 457(b), 403(b) Plan Changes

It appears some last-minute amendments have largely removed controversial provisions from the Senate’s version of tax reform legislation that would have had a big impact on governmental 457 and nonprofit 403(b) plan sponsors.

Excessive Fee Suit Filed Against Multiemployer Plan

The lawsuit challenges the use of retail share classes for the plan's investment menu and revenue-sharing paid to the plan's recordkeeper.

Spouses Play Increasingly Influential Role Alongside Advisers

Advisers focused on client retention take heed—spouses are increasingly influencing retirement income planning decisions, says Hearts & Wallets research.

CenturyLink Sued by Plan Participants Over Large Cap Stock Fund Construction

Plan fiduciaries are accused of breaching their duties in the design, management, operation and administration of an active large cap U.S. stock fund offered as a core menu investment option.

DOL Rule Provides Tailwind for Adoption of Outsourced Fiduciary Services

For the $5 million to $500 million DC plan market, advisers and consultants offering 3(38) discretionary investment advice are more common.

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

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

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