PLANADVISER Weekend Newsdash
Week ending November 17th, 2017
NOTE FROM THE EDITOR
Greetings and happy Friday! Regular readers of our daily news coverage will no doubt be familiar with the enormous amount of uncertainty that has become more or less the norm in the retirement planning community—centered on the ever-shifting outlook for the DOL fiduciary rule, the prospects for tax reform, a shifting health care landscape, and so many other avenues that affect the work of advisers. But one thing that should also be clear is that the fundamentals of client service remain remarkably stable over time. Collected below is a helpful series of articles and research, identifying the pillars of customer service. We hope you will share some of what you read with a client or colleague. 
Client Service
Retirement Plan Participants Need More Familiarity With Investment Fees
Even among participants who said they were very familiar with their plan’s fees, 33% hadn’t read any fee disclosures in the past year, according to research from The Pew Charitable Trusts. Read more >
Results From Use of Auto Portability Product Released
Spencer Williams, from Retirement Clearinghouse, says the findings show the potential to preserve trillions of future retirement savings dollars for retirement plan participants through the widespread adoption of auto portability. Read more >
Reflections on Roth As Tax Debate Unfolds
The J.P. Morgan Guide to Retirement is a major annual project for the retirement strategy and investing team at J.P. Morgan Asset Management. This year the guide includes an extensive analysis of the Roth 401(k) retirement savings vehicle. Readers will surely know the basics about Roth retirement savings—but the guide lays out just how complex the task of actually analyzing an individual workers’ long-term tax picture can be. Read more >
2017 PLANADVISER Adviser Value Survey
According to the 2017 PLANADVISER Adviser Value Survey, plans overseen by advisers are often better off. This is particularly evident when it comes to plan design and oversight—such as the use of automatic features, an investment policy statement and quarterly investment reviews. The adviser can point out years of experience using successful elements of retirement plans and, thereby, reassure sponsor clients to step up to the plate and make the right, and sometimes brave, decisions for their plan. Read more >
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Many Retirees Wish They Had Delayed Taking Social Security Benefits

MassMutual says a married couple that lives into their 90s but decides to begin their Social Security benefits at age 62 as opposed to age 70 could be leaving as much as half a million dollars on the table, or forfeiting $2,000 to $4,000 a month for life.

SECURE Act's House Passage Brings Test of Congressional Mediators

With the passage of the SECURE Act by the House of Representatives, experts tell PLANADVISER they are optimistic that agreement will be reached with the Senate during this Congress, but the many supporters of retirement reform will have to wait and see how compromise might be reached.

Some Expect Senate Action Sooner Than Later on SECURE Act

One retirement industry executive says she believes the Senate could act quite quickly in taking up the SECURE Act, which just passed the House of Representatives with a practically unanimous yea vote.

Another Bill Proposed as Senate Committee Hearing Brings Calls for Retirement Action

Besides a lengthy Finance Committee hearing discussing the popular RESA legislation, the day on Capitol Hill also brought news of the introduction of the new Retirement Security and Savings Act.

J.P. Morgan Agrees to Pay $75 Million to Settle ERISA Lawsuit
The consolidated litigation alleges the firm invested its stable value funds in risky assets, causing losses to retirement plan participants.

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

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

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