PLANADVISER Weekend Newsdash
Week ending November 6th, 2015
NOTE FROM THE EDITOR
Another work week has come and gone, leaving us all plenty of market and regulatory news to digest. Whether you’re following the Financial Engines acquisition or the Boeing fee case settlement, this edition of PLANADVISERweekend has the information you need to get a jump on Monday.
Editor's choice
Financial Engines to Acquire Brick-and-Mortar Advisory
Not convinced that robo-advisers are shaking up the defined contribution retirement plan advisory space? This week’s news that digital-advice darling Financial Engines will acquire a firmly established traditional advisory chain, The Mutual Fund Store, might finally change your mind. Read more >
Settlement Terms and Price Tag Revealed in Boeing Fee Case
The retirement planning industry already knew Boeing would settle the nearly decade-old 401(k) litigation, but a trove of new details emerged this week as both parties agreed to final settlement terms.   Read more >
Does the Intel Retirement Plans Case Have Merit?
The Department of Labor itself encourages retirement plan sponsors to consider custom target-date funds in ERISA plans, yet this week the use of such funds was questioned by a lawsuit filed against Intel. PLANADVISER reached out to Marcia Wagner, principle with Wagner Law Group in Boston, for comments about the case. Read more >
Cerulli Forecasts $7.8T Robo Market
The rapidly expanding retail channel also means rapid growth in robo-advice providers, according to Cerulli Associates.  Read more >
Using ACA as Bridge to Retirement Health Coverage
There are some deep-seated and opposing opinions about what the ACA is doing to the American health care system, but Prudential says those who have left full-time jobs and are under age 65 might have the most to gain. 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.

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.

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.
Open MEPs Could Create Many Opportunities for Advisers
Should Congress or federal regulators eliminate the common nexus and bad apple rules that have held back open multiple employer plans, experts anticipate many more small businesses will jump in.

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

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

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