PLANSPONSOR 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 >
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.

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.

CenturyLink Sued by Plan Participants Over Large Cap Stock Fund Construction

Plan fiduciaries are accused of breaching their duties in the design, management, operation and administration of an active large cap U.S. stock fund offered as a core menu investment option.

DOL Rule Provides Tailwind for Adoption of Outsourced Fiduciary Services

For the $5 million to $500 million DC plan market, advisers and consultants offering 3(38) discretionary investment advice are more common.

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

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

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