PLANSPONSOR Weekend Newsdash
Week ending October 6th, 2017
NOTE FROM THE EDITOR
Happy Friday readers! In anticipation of next week’s 2017 PLANADVISER National Conference, this mailing focuses on the topic of practice management. Find below timely research, news articles and features that will help you maximize client service and growth strategies. Enjoy reading, and we hope to see you next week in Orlando!  
Practice Management
Mapping Industry Change Just Part of the Job
From a rapidly evolving recordkeeping provider landscape to a potential wholesale rewrite of the tax treatment of retirement assets, today’s environment puts advisers and their clients in a constant state of flux. Read more >
Industry Trends Threaten Traditional Broker/Dealer Model
Broker/dealers can address new regulatory pressures, and new competition, by enhancing their value proposition and embracing technology, a report by Cerulli suggests. Read more >
J.P. Morgan Retirement Link Sales Head Dissects Advisory Industry Progress
Charlie Cote, head of Retirement Link Sales at J.P. Morgan Asset Management, reflects on two decades of working with defined contribution retirement plan investors. Read more >
PLANADVISER Practice Benchmarking Survey
What do retirement plan advisers view as their biggest challenges? Their greatest opportunities? What are the primary benefits they receive from custodians and broker/dealers? Read more >
Many Asset Managers, B/Ds Don’t Trust Compliance Programs
In addition, many are not confident in their firm’s cybersecurity. Read more >
PLANADVISER Adviser Value Survey
A survey of plan sponsors reveals what services from their retirement plan advisers they perceive to be beneficial. Read more >
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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.

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.

Lawsuit Filed in Colorado District Court Shows Great-West Targeted by Fraud

The richly detailed text of the complaint shows multiple individuals are accused of defrauding Great-West and depositing ill-gotten assets in a variety of U.S. banks, resulting in fraud and money laundering charges. 

DOL Rule Provides Tailwind for Adoption of Outsourced Fiduciary Services

For the $5 million to $500 million DC plan market, advisers and consultants offering 3(38) discretionary investment advice are more common.

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

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

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