PLANSPONSOR Weekend Newsdash
Week ending September 2nd, 2016
NOTE FROM THE EDITOR
Happy Friday, readers. We hope you are looking forward to a long weekend to mark the Labor Day holiday. We’ll be back Tuesday with the latest retirement plan adviser industry news, research and analysis—and with an important announcement regarding our 2017 PLANSPONSOR awards programming, including the Retirement Plan Adviser and Retirement Plan Sponsor of the Year awards. In the meantime, you can get to know our various awards programs below, including profiles of our previous winners. 
Editor's choice
2017 PLANADVISER Retirement Plan Adviser Survey
You’ll have to wait until Tuesday to access the nomination forms for the Plan Adviser and Plan Sponsor of the Year Awards, but our 2017 PLANADVISER Retirement Plan Adviser Survey is already open. This is the survey from which we take the data underlying our Top 100 Retirement Plan Advisers award. In other words, if you don’t take this survey, you won’t be considered for the 2017 PLANADVISER Top 100 Retirement Plan Advisers! Survey deadline is September 9th, so don’t wait!  Read more >
2016 PLANSPONSOR Plan Adviser of the Year Winners and Finalists
Since its launch in 2005, the award has grown and now includes 20 practices: 16 finalists and four winners across four categories (individual, small team, large team and mega team). Judges look for advisory practices that employ industry best practices across a number of areas, including the implementation of auto enrollment, auto escalation and reenrollment, especially at higher levels than the industry norms. Read more >
2016 PLANSPONSOR Plan Sponsor of the Year Winners and Finalists
The winners of the 2016 PLANSPONSOR Plan Sponsor of the Year awards show a commitment to their participant’s financial health and retirement success, and are leaders in their respective categories. All maintain best practices in plan administration, with outcomes for others to emulate. Read more >
Understanding Our Adviser Awards
Each year we field two primary awards programs to recognize the tremendous contributions of our adviser readers to solving retirement security issues in the United States and globally—the PLANADVISER Top 100 Retirement Plan Advisers and the PLANSPONSOR Retirement Plan Adviser of the Year. Each year we get many questions about the differences between the two awards—and how advisers can be considered. 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.

Education on Lifetime Income Needed in Not-for-Profit Sector
In-plan lifetime income options can secure certain benefits participants may not find in retail solutions, suggests a new study by TIAA.
Congressional Democrats Continue Push on Butch Lewis Act

The legislation would take steps to provide additional anti-cutback protections for Teamsters, miners, and other unionized American workers who have paid significant sums into multiemployer pension funds.

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.

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

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

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