PLANADVISER Weekend Newsdash
Week ending July 7th, 2017
NOTE FROM THE EDITOR
Good afternoon! We are pleased to bring you our new PLANSPONSOR/PLANADVISER Weekend newsletter format. Each week we will continue to bring you the most popular articles of the week, but now our curated content will be themed. The first Friday of the month will be Plan Design & Administration / Practice Management; second Friday, Financial Wellness & Participant Education / Investing; the third Friday of each month we will bring you articles focused on Health Care and Other Benefits / Client Service; and the fourth Friday will be focused on Defined Benefit Plans / Health Care and Other Benefits. Five Fridays in a month happen only quarterly, but that week our topic will be Investing / Retirement Income & Rollovers. We hope you enjoy this new format and know you will find it helpful and informative. Happy reading!
Practice Management
Window Opens to Submit Fiduciary Rule RFI Responses
With its publication in the Federal Register, the DOL’s request for information regarding its implementation (or not) of the fiduciary rule is officially open for public comment. Read more >
Most Advisers Say They’re Handling Implementation of Fiduciary Rule Well
Some firms also report handling certain rule preparations or implementation activities poorly in some ways and well in other ways. Read more >
Top Advisers Let Tech Do the Heavy Lifting
“Advisers who embrace technology—especially solutions to more efficiently handle tedious recurring client-service tasks—are going to be the ones who scale, grow and ultimately win.” Read more >
Product Restrictions, Platform Limitations, Drive Adviser Attrition
New Cerulli Associates research identifies “pain points” at the root of advisers’ decisions to change firms—and what leadership can do to address staff concerns before losing key advisers. Read more >
Industry Leaders Aim To Increase Number of African American Advisers
Establishing scholarship funds and more carefully considering the benefits of diversity in the hiring processes are just a few of the ways an increasing number of firms say they are committed to improving industry diversity. Read more >
MOST POPULAR STORIES
Supreme Court Rules Against Northwestern University in Fee Case

The high court’s ruling states that the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals erred in relying on the fact that plaintiff-participants had the ‘ultimate choice’ over their investments to excuse allegedly imprudent decisions by the plan sponsor.

What the Supreme Court’s Northwestern Ruling Means in Practice
Expert ERISA attorneys say the new opinion in Hughes v. Northwestern University, while important, is far from earth-shattering when it comes to its likely impact on the pace or character of retirement plan fee litigation.
Class Certified in 401(k) Plan Trustees’ Lawsuit Against John Hancock

The suit alleges that John Hancock Life Insurance Co. violated ERISA by retaining foreign tax credits generated by plans’ investments under a group variable annuity contract.

Another Stressed Union Pension to Get PBGC Support

The plan was projected to run out of money at some point this year, but the special financial assistance from PBGC should prevent this outcome.

Advisers Can Address Participant Savings Gaps With New Retirement Readiness Calculator

The tool was launched to bolster retirement planning resources and offer personalized support, customized solutions and best practices. 

 

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