PLANADVISER Weekend Newsdash
Week ending August 4th, 2017
NOTE FROM THE EDITOR
Happy Friday, readers! This week’s news roundup features articles, research and analysis dedicated to the theme of Practice Management. From the Department of Labor fiduciary rule reforms to a glut of ERISA litigation and the lasting challenge of fee compression, running a retirement specialist advisory practice is as demanding as ever. We hope you find our coverage helpful and informative.
Practice Management
More Advisers May Be Forced to Use Model Portfolios
Most executives interviewed by Cerulli believe that home-office discretion will increase as “underperforming advisers are identified and persuaded to use portfolios created by the headquarters consulting group.” Read more >
DOL Fiduciary RFI Process Extends a Decade of Uncertainty
The head of retirement and investment solutions at Pershing discusses the impact that uncertainty around the fiduciary rule is having on firms and clients throughout the DC plan industry. Read more >
DC Plan Innovation Moves Down Market
Smaller plans traditionally have lagged behind large plans when it comes to embracing best practices under ERISA, but survey data shows the picture is changing. Read more >
2017 PLANADVISER Adviser Value Survey
According to the 2017 PLANADVISER Adviser Value Survey, plans overseen by advisers are often better off. This is particularly evident when it comes to plan design and oversight—such as the use of automatic features, an investment policy statement and quarterly investment reviews. Read more >
Advisers’ Sales Partners
The DOL fiduciary regulation will make most sellers fiduciaries with respect to the sale of advisory services and private funds to ERISA accounts and IRAs, unless an exception, most likely the independent fiduciary exception, applies. Read more >
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Many Retirees Spending More Than They Expected

However, retirees spend 32% less than non-retirees.

Butch Lewis Act Said to Fail to Address Multiemployer Pension Deficits

The Pension Analytics Group says the act would only temporarily mask the deficits, as opposed to reducing them and that the only solution is to reduce benefits across the board.

First Deadline Looming for SEC Electronic Disclosure Compliance

When the SEC adopted the new Rule 30e-3 earlier this year, creating a new system for electronic delivery of fund information, it also established a transition disclosure period that starts in January, during which "funds that choose to implement the new delivery method for shareholder reports provide prominent disclosures in prospectuses and certain other shareholder documents that will notify investors of the upcoming change in transmission format.”

2019 Planning for DC Plan Clients

Willis Towers Watson offers nine actions for DC plan advisers to help their clients mitigate risks in 2019.

Bristol-Myers Squibb to Terminate $3.8 Billion Pension

It will offer lump sums to participants and transfer the remaining money to a group annuity contract from Athene Annuity and Life.

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

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

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