PLANSPONSOR Weekend Newsdash
Week ending November 3rd, 2017
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 >
Nearly Three-Quarters of Boomers Want to Delay Retirement

More than three in 10 have no retirement budget.

Will SCOTUS Decide the Fate of the DOL Fiduciary Rule?

Some ERISA attorneys argue the Fifth Circuit decision last week to vacate entirely the DOL’s fiduciary rule expansion makes a Supreme Court decision on the matter inevitable; others are less sure that a decisive SCOTUS decision could be forthcoming, instead expecting the SEC to take the lead; still others admit they have little idea how the regulatory picture will shake out, recommending patience and ongoing compliance.

Confusion Abounds After Fifth Circuit Decision Vacates DOL Fiduciary Rule

The latest decision out of the Fifth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals throws a dramatic new element of confusion into the epic regulatory saga that has been the rollout of the Department of Labor fiduciary rule.

Many Americans Would Forego Social Security Payments for Student Loan Debt Forgiveness

The Student Security Act of 2017​ would grant $550 in student loan forgiveness for each month a student debtor was willing to raise his or her full retirement age, or $6,600 per year.

Retirement Programs Must Continue to Evolve to Address Participant Needs
Chuck Coldwell, vice president - national director, Consulting and BOLI Services at Pentegra, believes as an industry, we still have not reached the goal of getting the majority of participants in a good place for retirement—even with auto enroll and escalate.

Editorial: Alison Cooke Mintzer

Advertising: Paul Zampitella

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