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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Walgreen Sued for Keeping Underperforming TDFs in 401(k)

Despite a market “teeming with better-performing alternatives,” the plaintiffs say, Walgreen selected the Northern Trust Funds, which already had a history of poor performance.

‘Stretch IRAs,’ Multigenerational Inheritance and the SECURE Act
Low and middle-income Americans struggling to save for retirement are depending on the U.S. Senate to pass the SECURE Act, advocates say. At present, one roadblock seems to the law’s treatment of “stretch IRAs.”
SECURE Act Ensnared in Senate After Flying Through House
Washington insiders say Senator Ted Cruz is probably the biggest roadblock to the SECURE Act being passed in the near-term under unanimous consent; among other issues, he wants the bill to allow people to use tax-advantaged 529 college savings accounts to pay for home school expenses.
IRS Private Letter Ruling Solves Crucial Annuity Transaction Friction Point

A new IRS private letter ruling essentially conforms the tax treatment of properly structured advisory fees from non-qualified annuity contracts to those paid out of qualified accounts, which typically are not treated as taxable distributions.

The DOL’s Fiduciary Race Ahead of 2021
There is precious little time remaining for the proposal and adoption of any new advisory industry conflict of interest rules that the DOL hopes to make effective during this presidential administration.

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

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

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