PLANADVISER Weekend Newsdash
Week ending September 29th, 2018

Happy Friday, readers! The editors of PLANADVISER want to extend our sincere gratitude to all of those who attended the 2018 PLANADVISER National Conference this week in Orlando—and especially to those who participated in panels and presentations. For those who missed the event, this weekend’s newsletter offers a detailed recap of the challenges, opportunities, solutions and strategies discussed by leading advisers, providers and plan sponsors. If you enjoyed the event, you may want to learn more about our upcoming “Best of PSNC” one-day events, or our first-ever HSA Conference—coming soon to New York City.

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PANC 2018: DOL Audits of Retirement Plan Advisers
The DOL wants to ensure that retirement plan advisers are delivering on all services listed in their contracts with retirement plan sponsors. Read more >
PANC 2018: Stable Value Fund Mechanics
Ten years after the Great Recession, there continues to be a great focus on the best way to handle capital preservation on the DC retirement plan menu. Read more >
PANC 2018: Responding to RFPs
It has become more common for plans with upwards of $20 million in assets to go through a formal RFP process to find a new adviser, but it can be a cumbersome process to respond. Read more >
PANC 2018: Top Trends
A look at actively managed versus passively managed equity and bond funds, blended target-date funds, and with more sponsors encouraging retirees to remain in their plan, how defined contribution plans need to address retirement income solutions. Read more >
PANC 2018: Plan Committee Excellence
To this day, one of the most common reasons plan sponsors turn to advisers is to get assistance with governance, including items such as putting in processes that help avoid litigation and running an efficient committee meeting. Read more >
PANC 2018: Practice Efficiencies
The importance of hiring the right people and managing their functions efficiently. Read more >
PANC 2018: Financial Wellness
The importance of measuring return on investment and addressing participants’ short-term needs. Read more >
PANC 2018: Team Building
The various ways to expand your practice. Read more >
PANC 2018: The Future of Retirement Advising
A look at consolidation, the role of recordkeepers and the importance of financial wellness programs. Read more >
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TOP 100 Retirement Plan Advisers
Noteworthy retirement plan specialists, based on number of plans and total assets under advisement.
What Is a DOL Adviser Investigation Like?
The number of Department of Labor investigations of financial advisers has steadily increased over the years; here is a primer on the DOL’s sources of authority, and what to expect when examiners come knocking.
Managed Account QDIA Mechanics Challenge Plan Sponsor Clients
ERISA attorneys and plan design consultants say they are hearing more questions from sponsors about using managed accounts as a plan’s default investment, but the most common use case remains opt-in managed accounts.
Assessing Likely Impacts of IRS Hardship Withdrawal Rule Changes
New rules established by Congress and the IRS simplify the process for participants to request a hardship withdrawal of DC plan assets; some experts say this could increase “leakage,” while others anticipate more positive effects, such as lower debt among cash-strapped participants.
Court Returns Mixed Ruling in Schwab ERISA Self-Dealing Suit

The detailed ruling comes after Schwab defendants moved to dismiss in part the plaintiff’s second amended complaint. 

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

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

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