PLANSPONSOR Weekend Newsdash
Week ending November 27th, 2015
NOTE FROM THE EDITOR
The shortened work week still brought plenty of news for retirement planners. We heard from one provider how student loans can wreck retirement savings, while researchers at another firm measured the first bounce in U.S. adviser headcount in nearly a decade. One top of it all, PLANSPONSOR released its annual DC Survey, giving critical insights into recordkeeper popularity and performance.
Editor's choice
Firms Partner with Colleges to Recruit Young Advisers
We learned this week financial services firms are increasingly partnering with colleges and universities to develop financial planning curriculum in order to attract new graduates to the profession. Edward Jones, for example, has partnered with 11 universities to prepare students to take the Series 7 exam. Read more >
Student Loans Wreck Retirement Savings
It’s almost hard to believe, but LIMRA Secure Retirement Institute Research finds paying down $30,000 in student loan debt, if prioritized over retirement savings, can rob a given worker of up to $325,000 in potential savings by retirement. Read more >
Bounce in Adviser Headcount First in Nine Years
Kenton Shirk, associate director at Cerulli, says many positive developments led to the headcount growth last year. From the adviser perspective, there is a heavier focus on teaming and onboarding rookie advisers into multi-adviser practices. Read more >
Many Investors Focus on Wrong Performance Factors
No way around it—new research from TIAA-CREF into the way U.S. retirement savers think about their investments is downright troubling. Many know to look beyond daily or monthly performance, but there is still too much of a focus on annual trends and themes. Read more >
PLANSPONSOR Defined Contribution Survey
The 2015 Defined Contribution Survey from PLANSPONSOR measures and evaluates satisfaction levels with 401(k) and other DC providers, according to feedback from their plan sponsor clients across 23 distinct areas of participant and sponsor services. How did your preferred service provider partners do? Read more >
MOST POPULAR STORIES
Tax Bill Passed By Senate Backs Off 457(b), 403(b) Plan Changes

It appears some last-minute amendments have largely removed controversial provisions from the Senate’s version of tax reform legislation that would have had a big impact on governmental 457 and nonprofit 403(b) plan sponsors.

Education on Lifetime Income Needed in Not-for-Profit Sector
In-plan lifetime income options can secure certain benefits participants may not find in retail solutions, suggests a new study by TIAA.
Pass-Through Tax Reform Impact on Small Businesses May Be Mitigated via Roth

The American Retirement Association says that tax reform could be a disincentive for small businesses to offer retirement plans; however, as one reader shares, there are counter considerations having to do with Roth 401(k) options that could mitigate some of the concern.

Congressional Democrats Continue Push on Butch Lewis Act

The legislation would take steps to provide additional anti-cutback protections for Teamsters, miners, and other unionized American workers who have paid significant sums into multiemployer pension funds.

Settlement Ends Fujitsu Lawsuit Filed Over Plan Fees, Custom TDFs

In their lawsuit, the plaintiffs called the Fujitsu plan one of the most expensive in the country and specifically called out the design and implementation of the plan’s custom target-date funds.

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

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

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