PLANSPONSOR Weekend Newsdash
Week ending September 1st, 2017
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 >
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.

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.

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

HSA Knowledge Gap Offers Clear Adviser Service Role

Health savings accounts are often described as the 401(k) of health care—so it is only natural that retirement specialist advisers can play an important role in educating the public about these important savings vehicles; survey data shows more education and advice is desperately needed. 

Editorial: Alison Cooke Mintzer

Advertising: Paul Zampitella

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