PLANADVISER Weekend Newsdash
Week ending June 15th, 2018

Happy Friday, readers! It’s been quite a busy week in Washington for the staff of PLANADVISER and PLANSPONSOR magazines, putting on the 2018 PLANSPONSOR National Conference. As you will read in our preliminary coverage, the conference featured three days of panel discussions and debates guided by leading retirement industry experts—ERISA attorneys, advisers, recordkeepers, investment managers and more. If you missed this year’s conference, we encourage you to consider attending next year, and to check out the upcoming “Best of PLANSPONSOR National Conference” one-day events we will be hosting across the U.S.  

Editor's choice
Reflections on a Dramatic Year for Retirement Plan Regulation
From the unexpected derailment of the DOL fiduciary rule to the expanding debate about so-called ‘open MEPs,’ your plan sponsor clients face a tremendous amount of uncertainty in 2018. Read more >
Wells Fargo’s Joe Ready Surveys Shifting Retirement Landscape
There is more emphasis than ever before in the DC plan space on identifying the best way to offer a benefit that is not just a to-retirement program, but also a through-retirement program. Read more >
More Sponsors Search Out Fiduciary Services and Support
When thinking about fiduciary support services and outsourcing, really the important considerations should be about process and time management, more than fiduciary risk transfer. Read more >
DC Plan Loans Require Diligent Management
According to a recent article in the Tax Management Compensation Planning Journal, in any given year, 20% of plan participants have an outstanding loan from their 401(k) plan, and over a five-year period, that rises to 40%. Additionally, 10% of loans default each year, with the majority of those defaults due to job separation. Read more >
2018 PLANADVISER National Conference
With the 2018 PLANSPONSOR National Conference in the rear-view mirror, we are already hard at work planning our next big event. New at this year’s PLANADVISER National Conference will be the opportunity for advisers to earn their “PLANSPONSOR Retirement Professional” designation while at the conference.  Read more >
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What Is a DOL Adviser Investigation Like?
The number of Department of Labor investigations of financial advisers has steadily increased over the years; here is a primer on the DOL’s sources of authority, and what to expect when examiners come knocking.
Managed Account QDIA Mechanics Challenge Plan Sponsor Clients
ERISA attorneys and plan design consultants say they are hearing more questions from sponsors about using managed accounts as a plan’s default investment, but the most common use case remains opt-in managed accounts.
Assessing Likely Impacts of IRS Hardship Withdrawal Rule Changes
New rules established by Congress and the IRS simplify the process for participants to request a hardship withdrawal of DC plan assets; some experts say this could increase “leakage,” while others anticipate more positive effects, such as lower debt among cash-strapped participants.
Court Returns Mixed Ruling in Schwab ERISA Self-Dealing Suit

The detailed ruling comes after Schwab defendants moved to dismiss in part the plaintiff’s second amended complaint. 

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

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