PLANSPONSOR Weekend Newsdash
Week ending June 24th, 2016
NOTE FROM THE EDITOR
Happy Friday, readers! What can we say at this point about the Brexit? Not much, experts caution, but in some ways that’s exactly the problem. Uncertainty surrounding the UK’s surprising choice to leave the European Union is already ruffling the global equity markets, with the DJIA and S&P 500 indexes each shedding nearly 3% of their day-opening value at the time of this writing. With that in mind, our weekly roundup newsletter offers up some suggestions for helping plan participants understand and accept the necessary role of volatility in investing.
Editor's choice
When Advice Is Missed, Clients Act Out of Fear
More than eight in 10 advisers polled by Eaton Vance report fear is the primary motivator for clients. Advisers can deliver major value by helping clients overcome their initial reaction to market headlines. Read more >
401(k) Investors Should Stick with Equities During Market Volatility
An analysis by Fidelity indicates 401(k) investors who stuck with equity allocations after the 2008 financial crisis fared far better in the long term than those who didn’t. Read more >
Experts Advise Investors to Accept Short-Term Volatility
It is critical for advisers to consistently underscore the benefits of buy-and-hold investing so that when fluctuations do occur, the rationale and unyielding approach to investing has been firmly set. Read more >
Volatility Can Strengthen the Advisory Relationship
Leading advisers are finding new ways to help clients cope with the powerful sense of panic that can quickly set in when broad equity market indexes start to fall. Read more >
How Are Investors Responding to Volatility?
Experts suggest many long-term investors have absorbed central lessons about volatility and trading—especially among more sophisticated segments of the investing population. 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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