PLANSPONSOR Weekend Newsdash
Week ending July 14th, 2017
Happy Friday, readers! As we announced last week, moving forward the curated content in our roundup newsletters will be themed. The second Friday of each month, the topic is Investments. We hope you enjoy this new format and know you will find it helpful and informative.
CITs and Custom TDFs Shine in Mega Market
New research from Northern Trust finds its largest plan sponsor clients have broadly embraced collective investment trusts, and more than half now use custom TDFs. Read more >
PLANADVISER DCIO Industry Snapshot
Mutual funds continue to be the investment vehicle of choice among the 42 DCIO providers surveyed, while exchange traded funds are almost entirely avoided. Read more >
More Institutional Assets Pour Into Fewer Securities
A new analysis published by Pantheon warns that the total number of publically listed securities has dramatically declined in recent decades—challenging assumptions about maximizing diversification. Read more >
Reflections on Roth As Tax Debate Unfolds
Effectively managing income taxes over a lifetime requires a careful balance of a person’s current tax burden with the need to achieve tax diversification for the unknown future. Read more >
ESG Used To Motivate Greater Savings and Mitigate Risk
For some segments of the employee population, access to environmentally and socially conscious investment options spurs a significant bump in savings rates. Read more >
Should Inflation Be a Bigger Client Concern?
As the Federal Reserve nears its dual mandate of maximum employment and price stability, there are increasing concerns about inflation, even though they are still muted, according to a Fidelity analysis. Read more >
Advisers Beware and Be Cautious When Talking Taxes in 2018

During a webinar called to discuss the advisory industry impacts of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, experts warned advisers to be ready to decline to offer tax advice during 2018—over and over again.

Three Quarters of Americans Have Not Planned for LTC Needs

Yet nearly six in 10 say saving for long-term care is a financial priority

Wells Fargo Advisors SEC Filing Hints at Federal Fiduciary Investigation

The firm says it does not have additional information to share at this juncture beyond what has been noted in a 2017 year-end SEC filing; in that newly emerged document, Wells Fargo Advisors says it has begun an internal investigation into “whether there have been inappropriate referrals or recommendations” made by its advisors, including with respect to rollovers for 401(k) plan participants.

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.

Advisers Moving to a Client-Centric Model

Advisers are using new planning models and smarter technology, including automation, so that they can offer personalized service, SEI finds.

Editorial: Alison Cooke Mintzer

Advertising: Paul Zampitella

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