PLANSPONSOR Weekend Newsdash
Week ending October 21st, 2016
NOTE FROM THE EDITOR
Happy Friday, PLANADVISER readers. Looking back over the last decade of retirement specialist adviser industry coverage, it cannot be denied that the fundamental role of an adviser working in our niche has changed. This has resulted, naturally, in a big shift in the types of products and services advisers prefer—and which providers they look to first. Featured in this weekend’s newsletter is our latest Retirement Plan Adviser Survey, in which advisers frankly assess their preferred investment managers and recordkeepers. Enjoy!
Editor's choice
2016 PLANADVISER Retirement Plan Adviser Survey Highlights
PLANADVISER Editor-in-Chief Alison Cooke Mintzer offers a high-level overview of our annual Retirement Plan Adviser Survey. She observes that some clear differences in rankings are visible in some of the categories, but in many, one provider’s top rank may result from just a few votes, “perhaps showing that advisers find a good percentage of the retirement plan industry recordkeeper and investment providers to be on equal par.” Read more >
PLANADVISER Retirement Plan Adviser Survey: Explore the Findings
Our data parsing tool allows you to dig deeply into advisers’ preferences when it comes to a variety of services and products offered by recordkeepers and investment managers. For example, you can search the top criteria used to decide which funds are appropriate for which plans, or simply view the top 10 mutual fund families favored by advisers overall. Please explore!  Read more >
PLANADVISER Retirement Plan Adviser Survey: Provider Profiles
Readers can also filter research results by firm for a comprehensive look at how a given provider compares with the competition. How do your favorite providers stack up?  Read more >
Survey Background and Methodology
This August and September, approximately 15,000 advisers were asked to respond to the 2016 PLANADVISER Retirement Plan Adviser Survey, developed by the magazine’s editorial and research teams. 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.

Excessive Fee Suit Filed Against Multiemployer Plan

The lawsuit challenges the use of retail share classes for the plan's investment menu and revenue-sharing paid to the plan's recordkeeper.

Spouses Play Increasingly Influential Role Alongside Advisers

Advisers focused on client retention take heed—spouses are increasingly influencing retirement income planning decisions, says Hearts & Wallets research.

CenturyLink Sued by Plan Participants Over Large Cap Stock Fund Construction

Plan fiduciaries are accused of breaching their duties in the design, management, operation and administration of an active large cap U.S. stock fund offered as a core menu investment option.

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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