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 >
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.

Pass-Through Tax Reform Impact on Small Businesses May Be Mitigated via Roth

The American Retirement Association says that tax reform could be a disincentive for small businesses to offer retirement plans; however, as one reader shares, there are counter considerations having to do with Roth 401(k) options that could mitigate some of the concern.

Education on Lifetime Income Needed in Not-for-Profit Sector
In-plan lifetime income options can secure certain benefits participants may not find in retail solutions, suggests a new study by TIAA.
Congressional Democrats Continue Push on Butch Lewis Act

The legislation would take steps to provide additional anti-cutback protections for Teamsters, miners, and other unionized American workers who have paid significant sums into multiemployer pension funds.

Settlement Ends Fujitsu Lawsuit Filed Over Plan Fees, Custom TDFs

In their lawsuit, the plaintiffs called the Fujitsu plan one of the most expensive in the country and specifically called out the design and implementation of the plan’s custom target-date funds.

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

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

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