PLANADVISER Weekend Newsdash
Week ending October 12th, 2018

Happy Friday, readers! This weekend’s mailing looks back at our recent coverage of the environmental, social and governance (ESG) investing topic. While ESG is still in its infancy when it comes to defined contribution retirement plans, experts agree that client demand for such strategies will propel innovation and greater adoption, even in the tax-qualified planning arena. Below, advisers can find materials that can be used to educate clients and prospects about ESG investing. We hope you will share some of what you learn with a colleague.

ESG Investing
Advisers Slow to Respond to ESG Investing Demand
“Providing advisers with materials that can be used to educate clients about a firm’s approach to ESG investing is crucial in increasing adviser adoption,” says Ed Louis, a senior analyst at Cerulli Associates. Read more >
Impact Investing Is Not Philanthropy
A new white paper argues that investors can use their hard-earned dollars to make a positive impact on the world while also enhancing the performance characteristics of their portfolios. Read more >
Views of ESG Investing Changing Among Institutional Investors
The percentage of U.S. institutional investors that reject ESG outright shrank dramatically year over year, from 51% to 34%, according to RBC Global Asset Management’s third annual Responsible Investing Survey. Read more >
More Than Four in 10 Institutional Investors Incorporate ESG
Forty-three percent of institutional investors incorporate environmental, social and governance factors into their investing, up from 22% in 2013, according to a new report from Callan, “2018 ESG Survey.” Sixty-four percent of endowments incorporate ESG, up from 35% in 2013. Read more >
GAO Says Changes in DOL Guidance on ESG Prevent Retirement Plans from Embracing It
In a report, the Government Accountability Office points out that whether or not retirement plans consider the projected impacts from climate change and other environmental, social and governance (ESG) risk factors could affect investment returns and, in turn, the financial health of retirees. GAO notes that some investors believe that companies with good corporate governance practices are better managed and will perform better financially over time. Read more >
Helping Participants Brace for Market Volatility
The only person who gets hurt on a rollercoaster is the one who jumps out; advisers should stress that volatility is the price individuals pay for long-term performance. Read more >
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Walgreen Sued for Keeping Underperforming TDFs in 401(k)

Despite a market “teeming with better-performing alternatives,” the plaintiffs say, Walgreen selected the Northern Trust Funds, which already had a history of poor performance.

‘Stretch IRAs,’ Multigenerational Inheritance and the SECURE Act
Low and middle-income Americans struggling to save for retirement are depending on the U.S. Senate to pass the SECURE Act, advocates say. At present, one roadblock seems to the law’s treatment of “stretch IRAs.”
SECURE Act Ensnared in Senate After Flying Through House
Washington insiders say Senator Ted Cruz is probably the biggest roadblock to the SECURE Act being passed in the near-term under unanimous consent; among other issues, he wants the bill to allow people to use tax-advantaged 529 college savings accounts to pay for home school expenses.
IRS Private Letter Ruling Solves Crucial Annuity Transaction Friction Point

A new IRS private letter ruling essentially conforms the tax treatment of properly structured advisory fees from non-qualified annuity contracts to those paid out of qualified accounts, which typically are not treated as taxable distributions.

The DOL’s Fiduciary Race Ahead of 2021
There is precious little time remaining for the proposal and adoption of any new advisory industry conflict of interest rules that the DOL hopes to make effective during this presidential administration.

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

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

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