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.
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.
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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.
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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.
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.
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.