PLANSPONSOR 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 >
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.

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.
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.

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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