Happy Friday, readers! This weekend’s mailing focuses on practice management. We discover that many asset managers and broker/dealers do not trust compliance programs. Sponsors are looking for more services from their third-party administrators. You may be surprised to learn that only 19% of financial advisers are women, which is why some firms are proactively looking to hire more women. Some advisory practices are centralizing the investment management function and finding that it leads to better performance and lessened risk of litigation.
Retirement plan advisers work closely with recordkeepers and third-party administrators, and as in the recordkeeping market, there are significant and persistent pressures reshaping the TPA landscape.
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The principal of financial adviser inclusion and diversity at Edward Jones reflects on her job leading the advisory company’s revamped diversity efforts—informed by her own first career as an adviser in the field.
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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.
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.
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.