PLANSPONSOR Weekend Newsdash
Week ending August 11th, 2017
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 >
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 >
Thirteen Percent of Workers Are Saving in a Roth 401(k)
This is up from 8% in 2011.   Read more >
Hybrid QDIAs Can Help Preserve Retirement Income
DC plan sponsor clients can leverage both TDFs and managed accounts together to maximize outcomes. Read more >
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 >
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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