PLANSPONSOR Weekend Newsdash
Week ending October 6th, 2017
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 >
Advisers Beware and Be Cautious When Talking Taxes in 2018

During a webinar called to discuss the advisory industry impacts of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, experts warned advisers to be ready to decline to offer tax advice during 2018—over and over again.

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.

Three Quarters of Americans Have Not Planned for LTC Needs

Yet nearly six in 10 say saving for long-term care is a financial priority

HSA Knowledge Gap Offers Clear Adviser Service Role

Health savings accounts are often described as the 401(k) of health care—so it is only natural that retirement specialist advisers can play an important role in educating the public about these important savings vehicles; survey data shows more education and advice is desperately needed. 

Editorial: Alison Cooke Mintzer

Advertising: Paul Zampitella

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