PLANADVISER Weekend Newsdash
Week ending June 8th, 2018

Happy Friday, readers! So far in 2018 there has been something of a resurgence of the target-date fund research topic in the financial services trade media. As the Great Recession of 2008 and 2009 retreats further into the rear-view mirror, providers are increasingly concerned about investor complacency—and on the optimal way to shape their risk glide paths for TDF product users who are approaching and entering retirement. Providers are also more prone to discuss the way workplace demographic shifts are morphing their approach to risk management and product presentation. Find the latest retirement investing news and analysis below.

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TDF Investor Behavior Improves, But Allocation Mistakes Remain Common
As new data shared by Vanguard shows, when constructing their own retirement portfolios, about 10% of participants still tend to hold extreme allocations—defined here as holding either 0% or 100% equities in a retirement-focused portfolio. Read more >
J.P. Morgan Retirement Leader Examines Sequence of Returns Risk in TDF Context
The latest though leadership from the firm asks an increasingly important question: “What should the TDF glide path look like as participants move from accumulating asset balances to spending down those balances in retirement?” Read more >
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. Read more >
ICI Data Shows Managers Have Substantially Cut TDF, Other Mutual Fund Expenses
A broad new Investment Company Institute analysis shows the expense ratios of target-date mutual funds have fallen 34% since 2008, alongside the expense ratios of most other types of long-term funds.  Read more >
Leveraging the Popularity of TDFs to Provide Retirement Income
In a Q&A with BlackRock Managing Director Anne Ackerley, PLANADVISER hears about emerging opportunities to deliver retirement income solutions to DC plan participants, including through TDFs.   Read more >
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‘Secure Act 2.0’ Likely to Become a Reality

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10th Circuit Affirms Great-West Fee Suit Dismissal

The district court ruling in the case, now backed by an appeals court, stands out for having been filed alongside a sanction declaring the plaintiff’s law firm Schlichter Bogard & Denton behaved “recklessly.”

RIA Aggregators Aim for Small-Plan Market Expansion

OneDigital and Ascensus recently announced the availability of a ‘co-created small market solution,’ making OneDigital the latest adviser aggregator to launch a DC plan solution targeted at small businesses.

T. Rowe Price CEO Change Reflects Financial Industry Trends

During a conference call held to discuss the pending retirement of Bill Stromberg, CEO of T. Rowe Price, leaders at the firm highlighted the growing importance of socially responsible investing and the need to improve diversity and inclusion in financial services.

Scrutinizing TDFs and Considering Balanced Funds
Both options hold more than a trillion dollars in assets; weighing their relative merits remains an important task for advisers and their clients.
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