PLANSPONSOR Weekend Newsdash
Week ending September 29th, 2017
Happy Friday, readers! Recently there has been no shortage of industry conversation about the closely related topics of retirement income planning and individual retirement account rollovers. Below you will find timely research and analysis on these crucial subjects. Also, please take note, the 2017 PLANADVISER National Conference kicks off in less than two weeks. In addition, our annual plan adviser and plan sponsor of the year nomination processes remain open, but not for long. Don’t wait to nominate a colleague or client! 
Retirement Income and Rollovers
Reputation Rather than Fees Drives Most IRA-to-IRA Transfers
Firms focusing heavily on promoting low-cost products without considering clients’ preferences for premium service and a stable, trusted brand may fall behind, according to a study by LIMRA. Read more >
Education on Lifetime Income Needed in Not-for-Profit Sector
In-plan lifetime income options can secure certain benefits participants may not find in retail solutions, suggests a new study by TIAA. Read more >
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 >
Retirement Income Language Barrier Remains a Problem
Despite the generally positive perceptions of the benefits of guaranteed lifetime income, only one in four survey respondents age 45 and up plan to purchase an annuity. Read more >
2018 Annual Adviser and Plan Sponsor Award Nominations Are Open
Nomination forms for the 2018 PLANSPONSOR Retirement Plan Adviser of the Year and Plan Sponsor of the Year Awards are now available. The deadline for the 2018 Plan Adviser and Adviser Team of the Year award is October 16, while the deadline for the Plan Sponsor of the Year award is November 6. Read more >
2017 PLANADVISER National Conference
The 2017 PLANADVISER National Conference kicks off in less than two weeks. Follow the link for updated information on the conference schedule and agenda. There are still a few speaking spots open for advisers, as well, so please let us know if you want to participate directly in the conference. Read more >
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.

Will SCOTUS Decide the Fate of the DOL Fiduciary Rule?

Some ERISA attorneys argue the Fifth Circuit decision last week to vacate entirely the DOL’s fiduciary rule expansion makes a Supreme Court decision on the matter inevitable; others are less sure that a decisive SCOTUS decision could be forthcoming, instead expecting the SEC to take the lead; still others admit they have little idea how the regulatory picture will shake out, recommending patience and ongoing compliance.

Many Americans Would Forego Social Security Payments for Student Loan Debt Forgiveness

The Student Security Act of 2017​ would grant $550 in student loan forgiveness for each month a student debtor was willing to raise his or her full retirement age, or $6,600 per year.

Nearly Three-Quarters of Boomers Want to Delay Retirement

More than three in 10 have no retirement budget.

DISRUPTION: Insider Service and Strategy Talk With PGIM
In an exclusive interview with PLANADVISER, PGIM Head of Institutional Defined Contribution Josh Cohen offers some guidance to advisers speaking with plan sponsors about litigation, fiduciary risk and progressive plan design.

Editorial: Alison Cooke Mintzer

Advertising: Paul Zampitella

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