PLANSPONSOR Weekend Newsdash
Week ending April 15th, 2016
NOTE FROM THE EDITOR
Happy Friday, PLANADVISER readers! In this weekend’s mailing we highlight the 2016 PLANSPONSOR Retirement Plan Advisers of the Year. The finalists and winners demonstrate an unfailing commitment to helping plan sponsors and participants boost outcomes where it matters most. Explore the profiles for insights and strategies on building a high-performing advisory practice. On a related note, readers are encouraged to attend an adviser-focused webcast next week on reaction to the DOL fiduciary rule, sponsored by Voya.
Editor's choice
Retirement Plan Adviser Individual of the Year
A 20-year veteran of the retirement planning industry, Jania Stout, managing director of Fiduciary Plan Advisors, started in the industry in recordkeeping and administration at ADP and Fidelity Investments. Wanting to have a greater role in engaging with and offering advice to plan sponsors, eight years ago, Stout became an adviser, and two years ago, she founded her practice in order to “truly help our plan sponsor clients.” Read more >
Retirement Plan Adviser Small Team of the Year
Being proactive and providing customized and personalized solutions for clients is at the heart of the work of The Catanella Institutional Consulting Team of UBS. The team’s mission statement is “to provide our plan sponsor clients with a customized and service-driven model to deliver successful retirement outcomes for their participants, while effectively helping guide them through the ever-changing fiduciary landscape.” Read more >
Retirement Plan Adviser Large Team of the Year
Newport Capital Group believes it is important to thoroughly understand each plan sponsor’s goals for its company, so immediately upon starting with a new client, the practice asks it what issues are most pressing—both for the company and for employees. As the firm puts it, having an “open dialogue during onboarding sessions” is key. Read more >
Retirement Plan Adviser Mega Team of the Year
Underlying all of the work that Alliance Benefit Group Financial Services, Corp., does is an underlying emphasis on what it calls “sustainable retirement”—defined by the company as at least 85% of employees being able to replace 75%, or more, of their income. Read more >
Retirement Plan Adviser of the Year Finalists
The 2016 PLANSPONSOR Retirement Plan Advisers of the Year finalists have demonstrated leadership and a commitment to excellence for their retirement plan sponsor clients and participants. Read more >
Adviser Webcast: Reaction to the DOL Fiduciary Rule
PLANADVISER and Voya Financial will host a series of in-depth webcasts on the final fiduciary rule, published last week by the Department of Labor. The first session in this timely series takes place Wednesday, April 20, at 2 p.m. EST. Follow the link to register. Read more >
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One day after a complaint was filed, Philips North America agreed to pay $17,000,000 to settle the lawsuit questioning its failure to offer a stable value fund and less expensive share classes and investment vehicles for other funds.

Are Managed Accounts Better for Participants Than TDFs?

Professional investment assistance helps DC plan participants’ outcomes; however, an analysis from Alight Solutions found users of managed accounts see higher returns, are more diversified and save more in their DC plans.

Wells Fargo Faced With Revenue Sharing Lawsuit

Despite Wells Fargo's admission and resolution of an error, the Chattanooga Fire & Police Pension Fund wants an accounting of all compensation the bank received while it was trustee of the fund.

When a Downward Trend in the Average Deferral Rate Is a Good Thing

Chris Barlow, national director of defined contribution investments for BMO GAM, riffs on the results of a new “DC Conversations” industry assessment; among the top findings is a downward trend in deferral rates across all sectors since 2010.

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

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

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