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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Dissecting TIAA Subsidiary’s $97 Million SEC Rollover Settlement

A subsidiary of TIAA will settle conflict of interest charges related to the provision of rollover advice to employer-sponsored retirement plan participants; the development offers up some important considerations for financial services professionals.

Empower to Acquire Full-Service Retirement Business of Prudential

Empower will acquire Prudential’s DC, DB, non-qualified and rollover IRA business, in addition to its stable value and separate account investment products and platforms.

With Prudential Acquisition, Empower Aims for Growth Up to 3x Faster Than Other Recordkeepers

The CEO of the nation’s No. 2 recordkeeper says Empower’s focus will continue to be on a best-in-class user experience.

‘Secure Act 2.0’ Likely to Become a Reality

Retirement Plan Execs Confident Senate Will Pass the Bill Into Law

Talking Scale With Voya, Sterling Resources Leaders

Over the past decade, the universe of retirement plan recordkeepers has contracted from about 400 to approximately 150, with no signs of slowing. Experts say one lesson learned in this time is that not all scale is created equal.

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