PLANADVISER Weekend Newsdash
Week ending April 26th, 2019

Happy Friday, readers! There are a lot of elements to ensuring success in the financial advisory profession, but at the core is quality client service. You can have the best growth rate in the industry and the most effective sales staffers out there, but if you aren’t retaining existing clients, it will all be for naught. Collected below is a series of articles on the topic of ensuring quality client service. We hope you will share some of what you read with a client or colleague.

Client Service
Small Business Owners Need a Nudge to Offer Retirement Plans
A survey reveals points about which small business owners could be educated to incent them to offer retirement plans for employees and save for retirement themselves. Read more >
Your Clients’ Cybersecurity Concerns
Retirement plan advisers can help plan sponsor clients know their providers are taking the right steps to protect participant data—without exposing information hackers can find. Read more >
Sri Reddy on Smashing Annuity Misconceptions
In conversation with PLANADVISER, Principal’s retirement and income solutions leader shares advice for how to talk about annuities with skeptical consumers. Read more >
Parents and Kids Both Influence the Flow of ‘Modern Money’
Shifting attitudes about supporting adult children financially have helped reshape Americans’ thinking about wealth and retirement readiness, according to Ameriprise Financial survey data. Read more >
Tailoring Plan Designs to Reflect Shorter Employee Tenure
Recent research reports suggest average employee tenure in the U.S. has trended downward; retirement industry experts agree this fact should inform plan design discussions and participant-level services. Read more >
Half of Americans Believe All Advisers Must Act in Their Best Interest
Many do not know if their adviser is technically a broker/dealer or an adviser, Personal Capital learned in a survey. Read more >
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Three New ERISA Lawsuits Bash Actively Managed TDFs

Three new lawsuits question the offering of actively managed target-date funds to retirement plan participants.

$300 Million Plan Faces ERISA Fiduciary Breach Lawsuit

The plan being challenged in the latest fiduciary breach lawsuit held less than $300 million as of the start of last year, making it one of the smallest to become the target of an ERISA complaint.

Attorneys Offer Closer Reading of DOL’s Open MEP RFI

Advisers and broker/dealers hoping to work with open multiple employer plans now have a short window to offer their perspectives to the Department of Labor and the Internal Revenue Service.

Another Lawsuit Challenges Use of Untested CITs in 401(k) Plan

A similar lawsuit was filed in May against an investment manager and a different plan sponsor.

DOL Aims to Quickly Simplify Conflict of Interest Framework

The main theme of the new fiduciary rule proposal is alignment with other regulators—the SEC and FINRA in particular—but the agency is by no means surrendering its jurisdiction over tax-qualified retirement plans.

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