PLANADVISER 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
Dissecting TIAA Subsidiary’s $97 Million SEC Rollover Settlement

A subsidiary of TIAA will settle conflict of interest charges related to the provision of rollover advice to employer-sponsored retirement plan participants; the development offers up some important considerations for financial services professionals.

Empower to Acquire Full-Service Retirement Business of Prudential

Empower will acquire Prudential’s DC, DB, non-qualified and rollover IRA business, in addition to its stable value and separate account investment products and platforms.

With Prudential Acquisition, Empower Aims for Growth Up to 3x Faster Than Other Recordkeepers

The CEO of the nation’s No. 2 recordkeeper says Empower’s focus will continue to be on a best-in-class user experience.

‘Secure Act 2.0’ Likely to Become a Reality

Retirement Plan Execs Confident Senate Will Pass the Bill Into Law

Talking Scale With Voya, Sterling Resources Leaders

Over the past decade, the universe of retirement plan recordkeepers has contracted from about 400 to approximately 150, with no signs of slowing. Experts say one lesson learned in this time is that not all scale is created equal.

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