PLANSPONSOR Weekend Newsdash
Week ending September 2nd, 2016
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. 
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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 >
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.

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

Wells Fargo Advisors SEC Filing Hints at Federal Fiduciary Investigation

The firm says it does not have additional information to share at this juncture beyond what has been noted in a 2017 year-end SEC filing; in that newly emerged document, Wells Fargo Advisors says it has begun an internal investigation into “whether there have been inappropriate referrals or recommendations” made by its advisors, including with respect to rollovers for 401(k) plan participants.

Advisers Moving to a Client-Centric Model

Advisers are using new planning models and smarter technology, including automation, so that they can offer personalized service, SEI finds.

Editorial: Alison Cooke Mintzer

Advertising: Paul Zampitella

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