PLANSPONSOR Weekend Newsdash
Week ending April 15th, 2016
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 >
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.

Nearly Three-Quarters of Boomers Want to Delay Retirement

More than three in 10 have no retirement budget.

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.

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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