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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Education About Tax Treatment and Fees Could Boost 401(k) Participation

Findings from a Capital One survey about why employees do not participate in their employer-sponsored retirement plan offers opportunities for education, according to Stuart Robertson.

IRS to Focus on Retirement Plan Distributions and 403(b) Plan Rules in 2019

A Program Letter lists compliance strategies for the agency for next year.

How Rising Interest Rates Affect Stable Value Funds
While money market funds may look more appealing in the short run, this is not expected to last.
Inertia Remains a Plan Sponsor Problem, Too

The language of “inertia” and “disengagement” are often used to describe the natural state of retirement plan participants, but new research from Wells Fargo suggests plan sponsors are also prone to settling with the status quo.

Kaleida Health Faces 403(b), 401(k) Plan Fee Lawsuit

The complaint specifically calls out the 11 T. Rowe Price target-date funds (TDFs) offered by the plans, saying they are all adviser or retail class funds—as opposed to investor or institutional class funds.

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

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

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