PLANSPONSOR 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
Tax Bill Passed By Senate Backs Off 457(b), 403(b) Plan Changes

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.

Pass-Through Tax Reform Impact on Small Businesses May Be Mitigated via Roth

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.

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.
Congressional Democrats Continue Push on Butch Lewis Act

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.

Settlement Ends Fujitsu Lawsuit Filed Over Plan Fees, Custom TDFs

In their lawsuit, the plaintiffs called the Fujitsu plan one of the most expensive in the country and specifically called out the design and implementation of the plan’s custom target-date funds.

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

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

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