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
Warn Your Clients: Don’t Abuse Coronavirus Hardship Withdrawals
Though retirement plans can allow individuals to self-certify that they qualify for a penalty-free coronavirus-related distribution, should the IRS discover otherwise during a future audit, a participant can be subject to substantial penalties.
A New World and New Opportunities for Alpha
Pandemic-driven volatility has once again highlighted the relative virtues of active and passive management.
Home Depot ERISA Lawsuit Clears Dismissal Motions

While a court has ruled the plan’s advisers should be carved out of the litigation, the counts against Home Depot fiduciaries will proceed.

AutoZone ERISA Suit Clears Motion to Dismiss

The district court declined to rule on the reasonableness of comparing actively managed funds to passively managed index funds on a motion to dismiss, clearing the way for discovery and potentially a full trial.

Intel Now Faces Consolidated Suit Over Alternatives in TDFs

Now that the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled on the meaning of 'actual knowledge,' Christopher Sulyma has joined a lawsuit filed against Intel last year.

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