PLANSPONSOR Weekend Newsdash
Week ending August 4th, 2017
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 >
Advisers Beware and Be Cautious When Talking Taxes in 2018

During a webinar called to discuss the advisory industry impacts of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, experts warned advisers to be ready to decline to offer tax advice during 2018—over and over again.

Three Quarters of Americans Have Not Planned for LTC Needs

Yet nearly six in 10 say saving for long-term care is a financial priority

Wells Fargo Advisors SEC Filing Hints at Federal Fiduciary Investigation

The firm says it does not have additional information to share at this juncture beyond what has been noted in a 2017 year-end SEC filing; in that newly emerged document, Wells Fargo Advisors says it has begun an internal investigation into “whether there have been inappropriate referrals or recommendations” made by its advisors, including with respect to rollovers for 401(k) plan participants.

Confusion Abounds After Fifth Circuit Decision Vacates DOL Fiduciary Rule

The latest decision out of the Fifth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals throws a dramatic new element of confusion into the epic regulatory saga that has been the rollout of the Department of Labor fiduciary rule.

Advisers Moving to a Client-Centric Model

Advisers are using new planning models and smarter technology, including automation, so that they can offer personalized service, SEI finds.

Editorial: Alison Cooke Mintzer

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