PLANADVISER Weekend Newsdash
Week ending July 13th, 2018

Happy Friday, readers! In focus for this edition of PLANADVISERweekend is the always timely topic of Investing, and more specifically, how to weigh risk and reward on retirement plan fund menus. We hear from several providers how growth in target-date fund usage continues to be incredible; missing is a deeper discussion of sequence of returns risk and other potential challenges for participants associated with this growth. We also examine research from Cerulli, pointing to a number of drivers behind the acceleration in asset management fee compression; the research and analytics firm also analyzes the competitive landscape of “robo-advice.” As always, we encourage you to share some of what you learn with a client or colleague.

Investing
Getting Serious About TDF Sequence of Returns Risk
The growth in target-date fund usage continues to be incredible; missing is a deeper discussion of sequence of returns risk and other potential challenges for participants associated with this growth. Read more >
Asset Management Fee Compression Accelerates
New research from Cerulli points to a number of drivers behind the acceleration in asset management fee compression, tied to improved automation and stronger competition; the research and analytics firm also analyzes the competitive landscape of “robo-advice.” Read more >
401(k) Participant Mutual Fund Expense Ratios Declined Substantially Since 2000
The Investment Company Institute also found 401(k) plan participants investing in mutual funds tend to hold lower-cost funds. Read more >
Segal Warns Against Change to Actuarial Assumptions for Multiemployer Plans
To determine the impact of such a change, the firm performed a detailed analysis of two national multiemployer plans. Read more >
Experts Probe Potential Signs of Variable Annuity Sales Recovery
Variable annuities continue to face challenges in the wake of transaction processing disruptions caused by the now-vacated DOL fiduciary rule; however, experts anticipate sales to recover as business processes normalize and newer product types come to market. Read more >
SEI Warns That Many TDFs Are Too Risky
SEI has been talking to TDF managers about deploying strategies within their investment lineup that mitigate the potential downside. Read more >
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6th Circuit Backs Defense in Fidelity Freedom Funds ERISA Suit

One expert who works on the fiduciary insurance side of the retirement plan industry calls the appellate ruling ‘the best decision ever written in an excessive fee case,’ and one which could dissuade other plaintiffs in similar cases.

Ready for PTE 2020-02 July 1 Enforcement?
The July 1 enforcement date for the Department of Labor’s new best-interest rollover documentation requirements has been widely publicized, but that doesn’t mean all advisers are ready.
Olin Corp. Soundly Defeats ERISA Lawsuit

The judge’s opinion sides firmly against the arguments made by the plaintiffs in the case, who are among the many litigants currently represented by the law firm Capozzi Adler.

Retirement Industry People Moves

The Retirement Advantage hires veteran financial professional, while AssetMark will acquire Adhesion Wealth.

Significant Retirement Bill Moves Forward in Senate

Sources say the Senate HELP Committee’s measure, called the RISE & SHINE Act, is expected to be combined with a Finance Committee measure into one Senate bill, which will then need to be reconciled with House-passed legislation.

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