PLANSPONSOR Weekend Newsdash
Week ending November 4th, 2016
NOTE FROM THE EDITOR
Happy Friday, readers. Over the past few weeks a clear theme has emerged among the many research reports and studies shared with PLANADVISER. It seems that financial services firms of all descriptions—banks, brokerages, recordkeepers—are focused on new ways to build client trust and measure the quality of the client experience. Collected below are some highlights that should offer helpful perspective for any DC advisory practices engaged in this critical effort. 
Editor's choice
DC Advisers Are Among Many Focused on Client Trust
Retail banks, active investment managers, defined contribution plan advisers, recordkeepers—they’re all focused on building client trust as a crucial element of future sales success.   Read more >
Trustworthiness Trumps Other DC Adviser Satisfaction Factors
Trustworthiness is a must-have ingredient for brand consideration in the defined contribution industry, according to a new analysis from Cogent Reports. Read more >
Putting Up Fiduciary Guardrails Can’t Wait
“The history of the ERISA industry has shown that any time there’s real change there is also real opportunity that comes along with it.” Read more >
Presentation Matters with Millennial Investors
A new study finds that just 11% of Millennial retirement plan participants feel comfortable managing their investments themselves—yet many in the generation hesitate to pursue advice.  Read more >
Fastest Growing Advisory Practices Focus on Client Interface
New data suggests that financial advisers focused more on client management than on investment management see much stronger asset growth and retention.  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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