PLANADVISER Weekend Newsdash
Week ending September 8th, 2017
NOTE FROM THE EDITOR
Happy Friday, readers! Featured in this week’s mailing are timely articles and research on the broad topic of Investing. We encourage you to examine in detail the findings from our 2017 PLANADVISER DCIO Survey, as well as our latest analysis of Roth tax accounts, Treasury performance compared with equity indices, the risks hidden in aggressive fixed-income allocations, and other helpful topics. 
Editor's choice
Roth Tax Treatment Remains a Mystery for Many
Survey data covering some 1,000 plan participants shows Roth savings features remain poorly understood and underutilized. Read more >
Academic Paper Finds Treasuries Outperform Many Equity Investments
A researcher from Arizona State University describes some surprising research findings that show many long-term equity investments fail to outperform short-term Treasuries. Read more >
False Sense of Security Surrounds Active Fixed-Income Allocations
Experts with Charles Schwab warn that a decade of generally stable credit markets has some investors feeling a false sense of security about “stretching for yield” within near retirees’ target-date funds. Read more >
Corporate Funds Posted Highest Returns Among Institutional Investors in Q2 2017
Corporate funds saw a quarterly gain of 3.13%, compared to a median return of 2.88% for all plan types, according to the Wilshire TUCS. Read more >
A Decade After PPA and the QDIA Debate Continues
The transition period, from five years before retirement to five years after, is the most critical phase of lifecycle investing—and potentially the most difficult to manage with a standard TDF glide path. Read more >
2017 PLANADVISER DCIO Survey
Now in its sixth year of publication, the PLANADVISER Defined Contribution Investment Only (DCIO) Survey continues its trend of finding a steady increase in DC plan assets among the survey’s 41 participating providers. Read more >
MOST POPULAR STORIES
Education About Tax Treatment and Fees Could Boost 401(k) Participation

Findings from a Capital One survey about why employees do not participate in their employer-sponsored retirement plan offers opportunities for education, according to Stuart Robertson.

IRS to Focus on Retirement Plan Distributions and 403(b) Plan Rules in 2019

A Program Letter lists compliance strategies for the agency for next year.

Inertia Remains a Plan Sponsor Problem, Too

The language of “inertia” and “disengagement” are often used to describe the natural state of retirement plan participants, but new research from Wells Fargo suggests plan sponsors are also prone to settling with the status quo.

How Rising Interest Rates Affect Stable Value Funds
While money market funds may look more appealing in the short run, this is not expected to last.
Open MEPs Could Create Many Opportunities for Advisers
Should Congress or federal regulators eliminate the common nexus and bad apple rules that have held back open multiple employer plans, experts anticipate many more small businesses will jump in.

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

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

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