PLANADVISER Weekend Newsdash
Week ending November 3rd, 2017
NOTE FROM THE EDITOR
Happy Friday readers! It has been quite a week for the retirement planning industry, with important actions taken on both tax reform and the fiduciary rule process. With so many developments, we thought it might be helpful to step back and take the 20,000-foot view of where the retirement plan advisory industry is heading. Collected below is a series of research reports and news articles offering helpful context for understanding the fast pace of change. 
Practice Management
2017 PLANADVISER National Conference Polling Insights
Presented here are the results of several dozen live polling questions fielded at the 2017 PLANADVISER National Conference, gathered during three days of highly detailed discussion of industry trends, challenges and best practices. Read more >
RIA M&As Increased 23% in the Third Quarter
Mergers and acquisitions in the RIA industry are setting new records for the fifth consecutive year. Read more >
Fiduciary Fitness: When Advisers Tout Their Own Services
The Department of Labor “fiduciary” definition delineates how to recommend an adviser who will be a fiduciary to a plan, a participant or an individual retirement account, without acting as a fiduciary himself. But what if I recommend myself and my investment strategies? Read more >
Compliance Consult: Pooling Investors' Assets
Pooling investor assets results in a number of efficiencies including significant cost savings. That said, advisers should be aware of certain considerations that arise depending on the types of investors that participate in pooled investment funds. Read more >
Number of New RIAs Grew 75% Between 2012 and 2016
RIAs established in 2016 had $55 billion in assets under management. Read more >
Inclusion, Diversity and the Noble Purpose of Advisers
The principal of financial adviser inclusion and diversity at Edward Jones reflects on her job leading the advisory company’s revamped diversity efforts—informed by her own first career as an adviser in the field. Read more >
MOST POPULAR STORIES
Education About Tax Treatment and Fees Could Boost 401(k) Participation

Findings from a Capital One survey about why employees do not participate in their employer-sponsored retirement plan offers opportunities for education, according to Stuart Robertson.

IRS to Focus on Retirement Plan Distributions and 403(b) Plan Rules in 2019

A Program Letter lists compliance strategies for the agency for next year.

How Rising Interest Rates Affect Stable Value Funds
While money market funds may look more appealing in the short run, this is not expected to last.
Inertia Remains a Plan Sponsor Problem, Too

The language of “inertia” and “disengagement” are often used to describe the natural state of retirement plan participants, but new research from Wells Fargo suggests plan sponsors are also prone to settling with the status quo.

Kaleida Health Faces 403(b), 401(k) Plan Fee Lawsuit

The complaint specifically calls out the 11 T. Rowe Price target-date funds (TDFs) offered by the plans, saying they are all adviser or retail class funds—as opposed to investor or institutional class funds.

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

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

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