Happy Friday, readers! This weekend’s newsletter focuses on the twin topics of client service and satisfaction. As advisers have moved away from commissions to favor fee-based service, their daily work is also moving away from assessing/conducting transactions in favor of more holistic client relationship management. According to industry research, to be successful, advisers need to regularly ask their clients about their goals and their futures—and to speak with them rather than at them. Every point of contact with a client can help make them feel valued, respected and cared for.
“The conversations we have with our retirement plan adviser are always about getting the plan to a better place,” said Joanna Farrere, senior vice president, human resources and administrative services at the Illinois Health and Hospital Association.
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According to Josh Cohen, a big part of PGIM’s strategy as a DCIO provider is to foster conversations across plan sponsors’ own organizations, “presenting them with a framework for frank and practical discussions between the HR and finance functions.”
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Lessons learned from district and appellate court decisions filed this year can help plan sponsor clients better protect their plans and fiduciary staff; 2018 also brought new trends in regulatory audits and investigations of advisers.
The complaint suggests MetLife is failing to meet its obligations to ensure different annuity options offered to pension plan participants are actuarially equivalent default benefit, as required under ERISA.