PLANSPONSOR 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
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.

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.

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.

CenturyLink Sued by Plan Participants Over Large Cap Stock Fund Construction

Plan fiduciaries are accused of breaching their duties in the design, management, operation and administration of an active large cap U.S. stock fund offered as a core menu investment option.

DOL Rule Provides Tailwind for Adoption of Outsourced Fiduciary Services

For the $5 million to $500 million DC plan market, advisers and consultants offering 3(38) discretionary investment advice are more common.

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

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

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