PLANADVISER Weekend Newsdash
Week ending November 9th, 2018

Happy Friday, readers! This weekend’s mailing takes a deep dive into the always-timely topic of Investing, with a focus on the shifting interest rate environment, the uptick in equity market volatility, the increasing popularity of ESG investing programs, and the latest long-term capital market assumptions. Being a DC plan adviser these days involves a lot more than just managing the investment menu—but keeping abreast of the latest market developments remains essential. We hope you share some of what you read with a client or colleague.

Investing
Stock Market Volatility Brings Predictable 401(k) Trading Spike
Preliminary data shared by Alight Solutions shows the firm’s 401(k) trading index spiked on Monday October 29; investors making moves shunned growth assets and paid premium prices for fixed income. Read more >
J.P. Morgan Offers 2019 to 2029 Capital Market Assumptions
If they do not embrace immigration in a big way, developed economies are likely to run into labor shortages that will curtail their growth potential; emerging markets will likely benefit from demographic trends. Read more >
Advisers Slow to Respond to ESG Investing Demand
“Providing advisers with materials that can be used to educate clients about a firm’s approach to ESG investing is crucial in increasing adviser adoption,” says Ed Louis, a senior analyst at Cerulli Associates. Read more >
SEC Considers New Annuity and Life Insurance Summary Disclosures
The proposal is intended to help investors better understand these contracts’ features, fees and risks, and to more easily find the information needed to make an informed investment decision. Read more >
Institutional Investors Seek ESG Opportunities via Fixed-Income Vehicles
RBC Global Asset Management recently published its third annual Responsible Investing Survey, and My-Linh Ngo, ESG investment specialist for the firm’s London-based BlueBay Asset Management division, offered PLANADVISER her take on the results. Read more >
Stable Value Fund Mechanics
Ten years after the Great Recession, there continues to be a great focus on the best way to handle capital preservation on the DC retirement plan menu. Read more >
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Principal Reveals Eagerly Awaited Wells Fargo Platform Integration Strategy

Principal is incorporating capabilities from the Wells Fargo Institutional Retirement and Trust platform into its own proprietary recordkeeping system, which will serve Principal and transitioning Wells Fargo customers moving forward.

SECURE Act Ensnared in Senate After Flying Through House
Washington insiders say Senator Ted Cruz is probably the biggest roadblock to the SECURE Act being passed in the near-term under unanimous consent; among other issues, he wants the bill to allow people to use tax-advantaged 529 college savings accounts to pay for home school expenses.
Jumbo Imprudence Alleged in H.E. Butt ERISA Challenge

Plaintiffs says defendants failed to properly monitor and control the plan’s expenses, and allowed the plan to become one of the most expensive “jumbo” 401(k) plans in the country.

Fiduciary Advisory Firms Sue to Block SEC’s Reg BI

Two advisory firms argue they are harmed by the “best interest” rule because it causes them a competitive disadvantage with respect to broker/dealers, and because the rule will increase rather than abate investor confusion.

MIT ERISA Lawsuit Parties Announce Settlement

Trial was to begin on the case September 16.

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

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