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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The number of Department of Labor investigations of financial advisers has steadily increased over the years; here is a primer on the DOL’s sources of authority, and what to expect when examiners come knocking.
Managed Account QDIA Mechanics Challenge Plan Sponsor Clients
ERISA attorneys and plan design consultants say they are hearing more questions from sponsors about using managed accounts as a plan’s default investment, but the most common use case remains opt-in managed accounts.
Assessing Likely Impacts of IRS Hardship Withdrawal Rule Changes
New rules established by Congress and the IRS simplify the process for participants to request a hardship withdrawal of DC plan assets; some experts say this could increase “leakage,” while others anticipate more positive effects, such as lower debt among cash-strapped participants.
Court Returns Mixed Ruling in Schwab ERISA Self-Dealing Suit

The detailed ruling comes after Schwab defendants moved to dismiss in part the plaintiff’s second amended complaint. 

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