PLANSPONSOR 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
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.

Education on Lifetime Income Needed in Not-for-Profit Sector
In-plan lifetime income options can secure certain benefits participants may not find in retail solutions, suggests a new study by TIAA.
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.

Congressional Democrats Continue Push on Butch Lewis Act

The legislation would take steps to provide additional anti-cutback protections for Teamsters, miners, and other unionized American workers who have paid significant sums into multiemployer pension funds.

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

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

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