PLANADVISER Weekend Newsdash
Week ending October 20th, 2017
NOTE FROM THE EDITOR
Happy Friday, readers! The theme of this week’s newsletter is client service. If you are not already aware, we are hosting half-day versions of the 2017 PLANSPONSOR National Conference over the next three weeks in various cities. The event is sure to offer information to help you serve your plan sponsor clients better. We learned through live polling at the 2017 PLANADVISER National Conference that 61% of advisers are “winging it” when it comes to offering financial wellness programs. The session about financial wellness pointed out that there is no single defined path for offering financial wellness—but explored the various options available to advisers. The session at the conference about adviser tools and support uncovered a host of applications that several advisers described as “game changers.” Two winners of the 2017 Plan Sponsor of the Year awards program spoke on the “Plan Sponsor Confidential” panel, noting how their advisers gave them the “courage” to adapt progressive automatic features. Vanguard says that in order to gain clients’ trust, advisers need to emphasize that they are acting in their best interests and let them know that they are valued and respected. Enjoy this edition of PLANADVISER Weekend.
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At PLANADVISER, we know how valuable your time is. That’s why we’ve taken the most important topics discussed at the recent 2017 PLANSPONSOR National Conference and packaged them into a convenient ½-day agenda hosted in a city close to you! If you are a retirement plan adviser, there is no better way to stay up to date on the latest challenges facing your clients. Choose to attend in Chicago—Oct. 24, Boston—Oct. 25, New York—Oct. 26, Newport Beach—Nov. 1, or Dallas—Nov. 2! Register here: Read more >
Client Service
PANC 2017: Financial Wellness
There seems to be no consensus on a definition of the trendy term, but plan advisers can create their own business model for offering a ‘financial wellness’ program. Read more >
PANC 2017: Understanding Adviser Tools and Support
Panelists discussed a number of “game changing” applications, noting that new ones are constantly being introduced. Read more >
PANC 2017: Plan Sponsor Confidential
Two winners of 2017 Plan Sponsor of the Year awards reveal how their adviser helped move the dial on their plans. Read more >
Vanguard Emphasizes Trust in Client and Adviser Relationships
A study suggests best practices for advisers to gain an investor’s confidence. Read more >
MOST POPULAR STORIES
Many Retirees Wish They Had Delayed Taking Social Security Benefits

MassMutual says a married couple that lives into their 90s but decides to begin their Social Security benefits at age 62 as opposed to age 70 could be leaving as much as half a million dollars on the table, or forfeiting $2,000 to $4,000 a month for life.

SECURE Act's House Passage Brings Test of Congressional Mediators

With the passage of the SECURE Act by the House of Representatives, experts tell PLANADVISER they are optimistic that agreement will be reached with the Senate during this Congress, but the many supporters of retirement reform will have to wait and see how compromise might be reached.

Some Expect Senate Action Sooner Than Later on SECURE Act

One retirement industry executive says she believes the Senate could act quite quickly in taking up the SECURE Act, which just passed the House of Representatives with a practically unanimous yea vote.

Another Bill Proposed as Senate Committee Hearing Brings Calls for Retirement Action

Besides a lengthy Finance Committee hearing discussing the popular RESA legislation, the day on Capitol Hill also brought news of the introduction of the new Retirement Security and Savings Act.

J.P. Morgan Agrees to Pay $75 Million to Settle ERISA Lawsuit
The consolidated litigation alleges the firm invested its stable value funds in risky assets, causing losses to retirement plan participants.

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

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

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