PLANADVISER Weekend Newsdash
Week ending August 11th, 2017
NOTE FROM THE EDITOR
Happy Friday, readers! This week’s news roundup features articles on investing. Active fixed-income allocations are moving into risky territory. Corporate funds posted the highest returns among institutional investors in the second quarter. While usage of Roth 401(k)s is still quite small, at 13%, the popularity of Roth 401(k)s is growing. Some plan sponsors are using both target-date funds and managed accounts as their qualified default investment alternative, moving older investors into the managed accounts. While managed accounts are customized for each participant, experts say they can be benchmarked against participant’s goals, such as when they want to retire or how much they want to save. We hope you find our coverage helpful and informative.
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False Sense of Security Surrounds Active Fixed-Income Allocations
Experts with Charles Schwab warn that a decade of generally stable credit markets has some investors feeling a false sense of security about “stretching for yield” within near retirees’ target-date funds. Read more >
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Corporate Funds Post Highest Returns Among Institutional Investors in Q2 2017
Corporate funds saw a quarterly gain of 3.13%, compared to a median return of 2.88% for all plan types, according to the Wilshire TUCS. Read more >
Investing
Thirteen Percent of Workers Are Saving in a Roth 401(k)
This is up from 8% in 2011.   Read more >
Investing
Hybrid QDIAs Can Help Preserve Retirement Income
DC plan sponsor clients can leverage both TDFs and managed accounts together to maximize outcomes. Read more >
Investing
Benchmarking Managed Accounts Against Participant Goals
Some industry experts believe managed account performance should not be benchmarked against an index but instead against an investor’s unique individual goals. Read more >
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Warn Your Clients: Don’t Abuse Coronavirus Hardship Withdrawals
Though retirement plans can allow individuals to self-certify that they qualify for a penalty-free coronavirus-related distribution, should the IRS discover otherwise during a future audit, a participant can be subject to substantial penalties.
ERISA Excessive Fee, Self-Dealing Suit Targets MEP

Pentegra Retirement Services and other plan fiduciaries are accused of failing to make sure fees are reasonable and acting in Pentegra’s, not plan participants', interest.

A New World and New Opportunities for Alpha
Pandemic-driven volatility has once again highlighted the relative virtues of active and passive management.
PANC 2020: Is It Time to Re-evaluate TDFs?

There are a variety of TDF solutions to meet participants needs, so when should a custom solution be considered, and how do advisers evaluate TDFs in an unprecedented year for the markets?

AutoZone ERISA Suit Clears Motion to Dismiss

The district court declined to rule on the reasonableness of comparing actively managed funds to passively managed index funds on a motion to dismiss, clearing the way for discovery and potentially a full trial.

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