PLANSPONSOR Weekend Newsdash
Week ending November 27th, 2015
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.
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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 >
Confusion Abounds After Fifth Circuit Decision Vacates DOL Fiduciary Rule

The latest decision out of the Fifth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals throws a dramatic new element of confusion into the epic regulatory saga that has been the rollout of the Department of Labor fiduciary rule.

Will SCOTUS Decide the Fate of the DOL Fiduciary Rule?

Some ERISA attorneys argue the Fifth Circuit decision last week to vacate entirely the DOL’s fiduciary rule expansion makes a Supreme Court decision on the matter inevitable; others are less sure that a decisive SCOTUS decision could be forthcoming, instead expecting the SEC to take the lead; still others admit they have little idea how the regulatory picture will shake out, recommending patience and ongoing compliance.

Many Americans Would Forego Social Security Payments for Student Loan Debt Forgiveness

The Student Security Act of 2017​ would grant $550 in student loan forgiveness for each month a student debtor was willing to raise his or her full retirement age, or $6,600 per year.

Nearly Three-Quarters of Boomers Want to Delay Retirement

More than three in 10 have no retirement budget.

DISRUPTION: Insider Service and Strategy Talk With PGIM
In an exclusive interview with PLANADVISER, PGIM Head of Institutional Defined Contribution Josh Cohen offers some guidance to advisers speaking with plan sponsors about litigation, fiduciary risk and progressive plan design.

Editorial: Alison Cooke Mintzer

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