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
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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