PLANSPONSOR Weekend Newsdash
Week ending July 7th, 2017
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 >
Nearly Three-Quarters of Boomers Want to Delay Retirement

More than three in 10 have no retirement budget.

Will SCOTUS Decide the Fate of the DOL Fiduciary Rule?

Some ERISA attorneys argue the Fifth Circuit decision last week to vacate entirely the DOL’s fiduciary rule expansion makes a Supreme Court decision on the matter inevitable; others are less sure that a decisive SCOTUS decision could be forthcoming, instead expecting the SEC to take the lead; still others admit they have little idea how the regulatory picture will shake out, recommending patience and ongoing compliance.

Confusion Abounds After Fifth Circuit Decision Vacates DOL Fiduciary Rule

The latest decision out of the Fifth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals throws a dramatic new element of confusion into the epic regulatory saga that has been the rollout of the Department of Labor fiduciary rule.

Many Americans Would Forego Social Security Payments for Student Loan Debt Forgiveness

The Student Security Act of 2017​ would grant $550 in student loan forgiveness for each month a student debtor was willing to raise his or her full retirement age, or $6,600 per year.

Retirement Programs Must Continue to Evolve to Address Participant Needs
Chuck Coldwell, vice president - national director, Consulting and BOLI Services at Pentegra, believes as an industry, we still have not reached the goal of getting the majority of participants in a good place for retirement—even with auto enroll and escalate.

Editorial: Alison Cooke Mintzer

Advertising: Paul Zampitella

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