PLANADVISER Weekend Newsdash
Week ending June 10th, 2016
NOTE FROM THE EDITOR
Happy Friday, readers! The editors of PLANADVISER and PLANSPONSOR are hard at work prepping for next week’s PLANSPONSOR National Conference in Washington, D.C., one of our flagship annual events bringing together plan sponsors and providers from across the United States. Fair to say it’s been a whirlwind year for the industry, with even greater changes potentially right around the corner. This week’s editor’s picks spotlight some of the top trends and challenges we’ll explore next week at the conference.
Editor's choice
Bird’s Eye View of Evolving Asset Management Landscape
Could Google one day be a top provider of investments or financial advice? What about Facebook, or Amazon? It may sound farfetched, but one industry expert says such a future might not be far off.  Read more >
Emerging Blockchain Technologies Could Reshape Asset Data Security
New research from State Street Corporation finds a majority of asset managers believe they’ll be using “blockchain” data security technologies within five years. So, what’s blockchain? Read more >
Taking the Pulse of Top-Performing DC Advisers
The strongest-performing advisers are leading the way on aggressive plan design, embracing re-enrollment, stretching the match and making sure plans work for participants as they’re designed to. Read more >
Shift in Provider-to-Adviser Communication
Reflecting the change in their own clients’ expectations, more financial advisers say they prefer to receive general thought leadership and market commentary from service provider partners, in lieu of more product-specific updates. Read more >
Advisers Already Moving to Overcome DOL Fiduciary Rule Challenges
“This is hardly the first time regulation will change the way advisers get paid and disclose important information to clients,” one industry executive observes, “so in that respect I am confident firms will be able to make it work under the new rule.” Read more >
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Warn Your Clients: Don’t Abuse Coronavirus Hardship Withdrawals
Though retirement plans can allow individuals to self-certify that they qualify for a penalty-free coronavirus-related distribution, should the IRS discover otherwise during a future audit, a participant can be subject to substantial penalties.
Home Depot ERISA Lawsuit Clears Dismissal Motions

While a court has ruled the plan’s advisers should be carved out of the litigation, the counts against Home Depot fiduciaries will proceed.

A New World and New Opportunities for Alpha
Pandemic-driven volatility has once again highlighted the relative virtues of active and passive management.
Excessive Fee Lawsuit Filed Against Duke Energy

The drumbeat of Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) excessive fee lawsuits rolls on.

AutoZone ERISA Suit Clears Motion to Dismiss

The district court declined to rule on the reasonableness of comparing actively managed funds to passively managed index funds on a motion to dismiss, clearing the way for discovery and potentially a full trial.

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