PLANADVISER Weekend Newsdash
Week ending September 30th, 2016
NOTE FROM THE EDITOR
Happy Friday, readers! There can be little doubt that the retirement planning industry has reached a key inflection point. People are living longer, embracing non-traditional career paths, and investing in new ways. Advanced data technology is still only in its infancy, and clients are coming to an entirely new understanding of what is reasonable when it comes to fees and pricing. Our latest research reports offer crucial visibility into the most pressing industry trends for advisers.
Editor's choice
PLANADVISER Recordkeeper Services Guide
Depending on the adviser and the number and types of clients served, keeping up to date, especially about recordkeepers, can be a daunting task. Certain providers concentrate on one particular size client, or a specific plan type or geography, while others have areas of focus and expertise geared toward an individual client. Read more >
PLANADVISER Defined Contribution Investment Only Survey
In the first three years after debuting the PLANADVISER Defined Contribution Investment Only (DCIO) Survey, in 2012, investment managers reported fairly strong increases in assets each year. This trend changed in 2015, however, as the assets of the 38 participating DCIO investment managers remained practically flat, with an increase of just $13.9 billion (0.4%) to end the year with a total of $3.1 trillion in assets. Read more >
PLANADVISER Participant Survey
For most Americans, the road to retirement is a long and often uphill journey. Along the way, future retirees encounter a wide range of partners willing to lend support; employers, advisers, investment and service providers—even the federal government—all seek to provide guardrails that can serve to keep savers on track. Read more >
PLANADVISER Adviser Value Survey
This year, to get a better measure of the role of retirement plan specialist advisers, we also examined how results varied when a plan had an adviser serving either as a 3(38) or 3(21) fiduciary and found marked improvements—particularly with respect to plan design, oversight and evaluation. Read more >
PLANADVISER Micro-Plan Survey
Perhaps one of the most telling findings from the 2015 PLANADVISER Micro Plan Survey is the increase in the number of retirement plans that work with an adviser and have $5 million or less in plan assets. That statistic has risen considerably in the past year to 65.9%, up from 52.0%, indicating that more plan sponsors are aware of their need for guidance and are turning to advisers for help. Read more >
MOST POPULAR STORIES
Many Retirees Spending More Than They Expected

However, retirees spend 32% less than non-retirees.

Consider All Individual Circumstances Before Suggesting 4% Retirement Income Withdrawal
An individual's investment allocation is a big factor to consider when deciding a proper optimal withdrawal rate of savings in retirement, but there are many other factors to consider as well.
ERISA Litigators Reflect on Lessons Learned in 2018
Lessons learned from district and appellate court decisions filed this year can help plan sponsor clients better protect their plans and fiduciary staff; 2018 also brought new trends in regulatory audits and investigations of advisers.
MetLife Pension Calculations Questioned in ERISA Complaint

The complaint suggests MetLife is failing to meet its obligations to ensure different annuity options offered to pension plan participants are actuarially equivalent default benefit, as required under ERISA.

Progressive Plan Design Features Have Moved Down-Market
These are streamlining plan administration, increasing investment diversification and improving participant outcomes.

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

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

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