PLANADVISER Weekend Newsdash
Week ending July 6th, 2018

Happy Friday, readers! Did you know that only about a quarter of financial advisers in the U.S. have any type of formal succession plan in place? This is despite the fact that regulators have strict requirements for the way clients are to be treated during either an expected or unexpected ownership transition. Perhaps even more troubling, advisers are much more likely to have a goal in place for how much they hope their business will be worth when it is sold than they are to have crafted an actual succession plan. Collected below is a series of timely articles on this topic and other pressing practice management matters. We encourage you to share some of what you learn with a client or colleague.

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A Mere 27% of Advisers Have a Formal Succession Plan
When it comes to valuing and transitioning their business, 61% of advisers have a goal for the value, and 48% used a recurring revenue multiple to calculate that goal. Read more >
Peers Play a Big Role in Adviser Relocations, Independence Decisions
Almost half of advisers who left their firm moved along with a larger team in 2017, versus 34% in 2012, according to data shared by Fidelity Clearing and Custody Solutions; advisers moving to an independent broker/dealer more often depart as a team versus other movers. Read more >
Skill in Fiduciary Discretion Discussions Brings Lots of Low-Hanging Fruit
Independent advisory shop founder Joe Gordon talks about winning new plan business from brokers and bank advisers who are “seriously fumbling the discussion with clients about fees and fiduciary change.” Read more >
Data Scientists Play New Role in Financial Services Vertical
Back in October 2016, James Rhodes became Morningstar’s first chief data officer; reflecting on his first 18 months in the role, he says the financial services industry is only just beginning to embrace big data. Rhodes’ hiring actually coincided with another first for the firm—the appointment of Mitch Shue as chief technology officer. The company also expanded its global headquarters in Chicago via the addition of more than 29,000 square feet of space specifically designed for its technology employees. Read more >
Advisers Fret Lack of Support and Limited Autonomy
A new survey of advisers published by Schwab Independent Branch Services suggests client-facing staffers are “brimming with entrepreneurial drive,” and as a result they are increasingly drawn to independence. Read more >
LPL Recalibrates Retirement Business for the Long-Term
Bill Beardsley, head of Retirement Partners at LPL, gives his take on the firm’s decision to close the Worksite Financial Solutions program, and on his plans for lasting growth in the DC retirement space. Read more >
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Education About Tax Treatment and Fees Could Boost 401(k) Participation

Findings from a Capital One survey about why employees do not participate in their employer-sponsored retirement plan offers opportunities for education, according to Stuart Robertson.

IRS to Focus on Retirement Plan Distributions and 403(b) Plan Rules in 2019

A Program Letter lists compliance strategies for the agency for next year.

Inertia Remains a Plan Sponsor Problem, Too

The language of “inertia” and “disengagement” are often used to describe the natural state of retirement plan participants, but new research from Wells Fargo suggests plan sponsors are also prone to settling with the status quo.

How Rising Interest Rates Affect Stable Value Funds
While money market funds may look more appealing in the short run, this is not expected to last.
Open MEPs Could Create Many Opportunities for Advisers
Should Congress or federal regulators eliminate the common nexus and bad apple rules that have held back open multiple employer plans, experts anticipate many more small businesses will jump in.

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

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

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