PLANADVISER Weekend Newsdash
Week ending November 10th, 2017
NOTE FROM THE EDITOR
Happy Friday, readers! This weekend’s mailing looks away from the tax reform and fiduciary rule headlines to examine the broad topic of DC plan investing. Below you will find timely articles and research about conducting regular risk assessments, making the choice between proprietary versus open-architecture product, and guiding clients through the IRA rollover process. We hope you share some of what you learn with a colleague. 
Investing
Market Highs Reinforce Importance of Risk Reviews
LPL’s senior market strategist highlights an interesting upcoming equity market performance record—the S&P 500 going 33 consecutive sessions without a 0.5% daily decline. Read more >
Investors Who Held Steady After the Great Recession Have Been Rewarded
However, Fidelity Investments found that 25% of investors have switched to more conservative investments since 2007. Read more >
Growth in TDF Market Underscores Proprietary Product Debate
The drivers behind a target-date manager offering open architecture most commonly include the belief that participants benefit from asset manager diversification and the need to outsource allocations to access best-in-class strategies, Cerulli reports. Read more >
Reputation Rather than Fees Drives Most IRA-to-IRA Transfers
Firms focusing heavily on promoting low-cost products without considering clients’ preferences for premium service and a stable, trusted brand may fall behind, according to a study by LIMRA. Read more >
Measuring Retirement Income Adequacy Not an Exact Science
Researchers have developed diverse approaches for quantifying the adequacy of retirement income, focusing on different groups of retirees and employing different definitions of income and adequacy, a CBO report notes. Read more >
2017 PLANADVISER DCIO Survey
Now in its sixth year of publication, the PLANADVISER Defined Contribution Investment Only Survey continues its trend of finding a steady increase in DC plan assets among the survey’s 41 participating providers. Read more >
MOST POPULAR STORIES
The New Vesting Schedule Debate
Surveys and anecdotal evidence suggest plan sponsors are shortening their plan’s vesting periods, but there remains disagreement in the industry about whether vesting schedules may in fact disappear.
Why Are Financial Services Firms Looking to Wealth Management Leaders?
The short answer is that more financial services firms are looking at their wealth management divisions as drivers of growth; the long answer is a lot more complicated.
The Future of Work in the Investment Industry

The CFA Institute’s recent report examines leading trends and explores the future of work in the investment industry.

GOP Attorneys General Question BlackRock on Fiduciary, Antitrust Concerns

Nineteen Republican state attorneys general signed a letter to BlackRock seeking ‘clarification on actions that appear to have been motivated by interests other than maximizing financial return.’

A Reminder to Avoid Fraudulent Hardship Withdrawals

An individual in Ohio was recently indicted by a grand jury on charges that he fraudulently claimed the assets he withdrew from his retirement account would be used to purchase a primary residence and to pay medical expenses.

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