PLANADVISER Weekend Newsdash
Week ending October 14th, 2016
NOTE FROM THE EDITOR
Happy Friday, readers. Did you know that PLANADVISER print just entered its 10th anniversary volume? And what a decade it has been. If you’re reading this newsletter, we probably don’t have to remind you of the massive changes that have occurred for retirement plan advisers and their service provider partners—pertaining to all aspects of running a profitable and compliant advisory business. Collected below are a some highlights from our first issue of Volume 10 of PLANADVISER Magazine, focused on helping advisers gain an edge in the next decade and beyond.
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New Frontier
“We know that in the last 10 years or so, the advisory community has been quite successful in its effort to evolve, moving away from being purely investment experts to embrace the role of a retirement plan design consultant,” says Jordan Burgess, a long-time Fidelity executive who now oversees defined contribution investment only sales for Fidelity Institutional Asset Management in Boston. Read more >
2016 PLANADVISER Retirement Plan Adviser Survey
Although educating participants and helping plan sponsors craft the best possible plan design for their company may be two of the most important functions of a retirement plan adviser, aiding sponsors in their selection of investment options, not to mention the most appropriate recordkeeper for their plan, certainly are two other critical functions. The 2016 PLANADVISER Retirement Plan Adviser Survey, our 10th, examines the factors advisers consider when selecting these providers and discovers with which providers and investment managers advisers prefer to do business. Read more >
Fiduciary Crunch Time
It will not be easy or particularly fun, actually sitting down to read the fiduciary rulemaking language, but there is so much that can vary from practice to practice, individual firms absolutely must perform their own close review. Read more >
Motivating Your Staff
How a retirement plan adviser firm approaches ongoing education begins with company culture. At least that’s true for Francis Investment Counsel and Channel Financial, two independent firms whose training philosophy reflects their companies’ vision. Read more >
Millennials Essential
Many studies have shown that two-thirds of retirement advisory practices have no succession plan. This widespread failure among retirement plan practices to consider the future can be particularly troubling, as “the average age of all advisers today is 51, 21% are over the age of 60, and 50% are within 15 years of retiring,” says Richard Saperstein, managing director and chief investment officer (CIO) at HighTower Treasury Partners in New York City. Read more >
MOST POPULAR STORIES
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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