PLANSPONSOR Weekend Newsdash
Week ending August 18th, 2017
Happy Friday, readers! This weekend’s mailing focuses on the theme of Client Service and features our latest proprietary research, the 2017 PLANADVISER Recordkeeper Services Guide. The analysis offers data-based comparisons of the top plan providers working with retirement-specialist financial advisers and their DC plan clients. We hope you find the report helpful. 
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2017 PLANADVISER Recordkeeper Services Guide
Recordkeeping is often described as a commodity, and that might be true for the administration of participant accounts, but the 55 providers responding to this year’s survey showcase a wide range of investment, technology and servicing options. Read more >
The Best Path Forward
Advisers who specialize in the micro retirement plan market—i.e., in plans with $10 million or less in assets under advisement—say that fee compression has made it more imperative than ever that they grow by expanding the number of clients they serve and their AUA. Read more >
Educating Participants About the Dangers of Taking Out a 401(k) Loan
It is critical for plan sponsors and advisers to educate participants about the consequences of taking out a loan, Julie Stich, associate vice president of content at the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans tells PLANADVISER. “They need to keep the money in their plan to build up money over time through contributions and the compounding of investment returns,” Stich says. Read more >
Plan Design Can Help Participants Get the Full Company Match
Advisers can help retirement plan sponsors design their plans and financial wellness programs to get participants to defer enough to receive the company’s matching contribution. Read more >
Student Loan Assistance Trumps 401ks for Many Employees
However, the CEO of IonTuition says employees need to take a balanced approach to plan for their future and deal with immediate needs at the same time. Read more >
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.

Will SCOTUS Decide the Fate of the DOL Fiduciary Rule?

Some ERISA attorneys argue the Fifth Circuit decision last week to vacate entirely the DOL’s fiduciary rule expansion makes a Supreme Court decision on the matter inevitable; others are less sure that a decisive SCOTUS decision could be forthcoming, instead expecting the SEC to take the lead; still others admit they have little idea how the regulatory picture will shake out, recommending patience and ongoing compliance.

Many Americans Would Forego Social Security Payments for Student Loan Debt Forgiveness

The Student Security Act of 2017​ would grant $550 in student loan forgiveness for each month a student debtor was willing to raise his or her full retirement age, or $6,600 per year.

Nearly Three-Quarters of Boomers Want to Delay Retirement

More than three in 10 have no retirement budget.

DISRUPTION: Insider Service and Strategy Talk With PGIM
In an exclusive interview with PLANADVISER, PGIM Head of Institutional Defined Contribution Josh Cohen offers some guidance to advisers speaking with plan sponsors about litigation, fiduciary risk and progressive plan design.

Editorial: Alison Cooke Mintzer

Advertising: Paul Zampitella

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