PLANADVISER Weekend Newsdash
Week ending October 7th, 2016
NOTE FROM THE EDITOR
Happy Friday, PLANADVISER readers. Today’s announcement that Merrill Lynch is  underscores the tremendous pressures bearing down on advisory and brokerage businesses, stemming from deep regulatory change and a shift in client expectations. Collected below you will find articles and analysis identifying the top challenges and opportunities advisers face. 
Editor's choice
Good Luck Beating Technology Providers at Their Own Game
Enterprise-level adviser technology providers are just fine with winning new business behind the scenes; two industry executives explain why “traditional advisory firms” should embrace them.  Read more >
Asset Manager Distribution Strategies Shift With the Times
Internal investment product wholesalers are pursuing advanced degrees and designations to improve their image as “knowledge partners” in the eyes of advisers, according to new Cerulli Associates research. Read more >
DOL Conflict of Interest Rule Could Force Staff Changes
More than half of broker/dealers surveyed by the LIMRA Secure Retirement Institute believe some of their advisers will retire rather than sell under the new. Read more >
J.D. Power Sees Advisers ‘In the Eye of the Storm’
A confluence of generational, technological and consumer preference trends is driving a sea change in the traditional investment advisory business, according to J.D. Power researchers.  Read more >
Learning from Advisers with Fast-Growing Practices
  Advisers polled said their top three concerns are, first, a lack of focus on driving firm value, followed by the inability to grow client AUM/revenue and the inability to change client demographics.   Read more >
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IRS Life Expectancy Tables Updated for Retirees

The actuarial update is important for plan sponsor clients to note, but the effect to regular business is likely limited, as the individuals most affected are likely no longer employed by the plan sponsor.

Meet Dave Barry, Professional Humorist and Pulitzer Prize Winner

Among his accomplishments, Barry won the Pulitzer Prize for commentary, although he misplaced it for several years, which is why his wife now keeps it in a secure location that he does not know about.

The Most ‘Outrageous’ ERISA Complaints Yet Filed?

One fiduciary insurance expert who has long been tracking ERISA litigation says a spate of new complaints filed in recent weeks are the ‘most outrageous’ the industry has ever seen.

Keeping Up with the Securing a Strong Retirement Act

Because different provisions are included in the House and Senate versions of the ambitious retirement reform legislation, a reconciliation process is likely in store.

Booz Allen Hamilton, Others Face Passive TDF Performance Lawsuits

Unlike many other ERISA lawsuits, the complaints suggest the plan fiduciaries in question should have considered more expensive target-date funds that might have performed better.

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