PLANSPONSOR Weekend Newsdash
Week ending September 1st, 2017
NOTE FROM THE EDITOR
Happy Friday, readers! This weekend’s mailing focuses on the theme of Practice Management. The subject is timely given the newly announced extension of the DOL fiduciary rule implementation transition period, detailed below. You will also find helpful context and commentary from ERISA attorneys, leading researchers and top provider sales leaders. 
Practice Management
Indication of Second DOL Fiduciary Rule and BICE Delay Emerges
The Department of Labor and the White House have seemingly agreed to extend the applicability date of the full fiduciary rule and its accompanying exemptions by another year. 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 >
IRA-to-IRA Transfers
Does the DOL fiduciary rule apply when I recommend that an IRA owner transfer his IRA account to one that I will advise? In a word, the answer is, yes. Any recommendation that an IRA owner transfer his IRA to one you advise is fiduciary advice and will require a thoughtful, thorough and well-documented fiduciary process along with an exemption from the prohibited transaction rules. Read more >
J.P. Morgan Retirement Link Sales Head Dissects Advisory Industry Progress
Charlie Cote, head of Retirement Link Sales at J.P. Morgan Asset Management, reflects on two decades of working with defined contribution retirement plan investors. Read more >
Average Age of Advisers Ticks Down
But, as the ranks of advisers nearing retirement grows, there is a need for formal succession plans, TD Ameritrade says. Read more >
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 >
MOST POPULAR STORIES
Tax Bill Passed By Senate Backs Off 457(b), 403(b) Plan Changes

It appears some last-minute amendments have largely removed controversial provisions from the Senate’s version of tax reform legislation that would have had a big impact on governmental 457 and nonprofit 403(b) plan sponsors.

Pass-Through Tax Reform Impact on Small Businesses May Be Mitigated via Roth

The American Retirement Association says that tax reform could be a disincentive for small businesses to offer retirement plans; however, as one reader shares, there are counter considerations having to do with Roth 401(k) options that could mitigate some of the concern.

Settlement Ends Fujitsu Lawsuit Filed Over Plan Fees, Custom TDFs

In their lawsuit, the plaintiffs called the Fujitsu plan one of the most expensive in the country and specifically called out the design and implementation of the plan’s custom target-date funds.

Lawsuit Filed in Colorado District Court Shows Great-West Targeted by Fraud

The richly detailed text of the complaint shows multiple individuals are accused of defrauding Great-West and depositing ill-gotten assets in a variety of U.S. banks, resulting in fraud and money laundering charges. 

DOL Rule Provides Tailwind for Adoption of Outsourced Fiduciary Services

For the $5 million to $500 million DC plan market, advisers and consultants offering 3(38) discretionary investment advice are more common.

Editorial: Alison Cooke Mintzer alison.mintzer@strategic-i.com

Advertising: Paul Zampitella paul.zampitella@strategic-i.com

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