PLANSPONSOR Weekend Newsdash
Week ending July 21st, 2017
NOTE FROM THE EDITOR
Happy Friday, readers. At the beginning of July we introduced a new format for our weekly news roundup. We will continue to bring you the most popular articles of the week, but now our curated content will be themed. The third Friday of every month will focus on Client Service. We hope you enjoy this new format and know you will find it helpful and informative.
Client Service
Adviser Responsiveness Does Not Equal Engagement
Ron Cohen, head of DCIO sales at Wells Fargo, compares the surprisingly wide gap between what plan sponsors expect from their advisers versus what advisers generally prioritize. Read more >
Advisers Shine Beyond the DC Plan
As one would expect, advisers have a greater impact on plan performance when they play a more active role in the retirement plan committee’s ongoing discussions and decisions about setting goals. Read more >
HSA Evolution Could Drive Adviser Opportunity
Since the new Congress began in January, there have been more than 20 bills proposed that impact consumer-driven health plans, and more specifically HSAs. Read more >
Top-Performing Advisers Look Past Averages
Stress testing the impact of individual behavior and circumstance, along with market returns, can be especially useful. Read more >
Factoring Gender Into Lifetime Income Discussions
Lincoln Financial Group conducted an analysis of the savings and investing habits of men and women, finding the latter group is more focused on protecting lifetime income in retirement. Read more >
MOST POPULAR STORIES
Tax Bill Passed By Senate Backs Off 457(b), 403(b) Plan Changes

It appears some last-minute amendments have largely removed controversial provisions from the Senate’s version of tax reform legislation that would have had a big impact on governmental 457 and nonprofit 403(b) plan sponsors.

Pass-Through Tax Reform Impact on Small Businesses May Be Mitigated via Roth

The American Retirement Association says that tax reform could be a disincentive for small businesses to offer retirement plans; however, as one reader shares, there are counter considerations having to do with Roth 401(k) options that could mitigate some of the concern.

Education on Lifetime Income Needed in Not-for-Profit Sector
In-plan lifetime income options can secure certain benefits participants may not find in retail solutions, suggests a new study by TIAA.
Settlement Ends Fujitsu Lawsuit Filed Over Plan Fees, Custom TDFs

In their lawsuit, the plaintiffs called the Fujitsu plan one of the most expensive in the country and specifically called out the design and implementation of the plan’s custom target-date funds.

Congressional Democrats Continue Push on Butch Lewis Act

The legislation would take steps to provide additional anti-cutback protections for Teamsters, miners, and other unionized American workers who have paid significant sums into multiemployer pension funds.

Editorial: Alison Cooke Mintzer alison.mintzer@strategic-i.com

Advertising: Paul Zampitella paul.zampitella@strategic-i.com

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