PLANADVISER 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
Another Stressed Union Pension to Get PBGC Support

The plan was projected to run out of money at some point this year, but the special financial assistance from PBGC should prevent this outcome.

Class Certified in 401(k) Plan Trustees’ Lawsuit Against John Hancock

The suit alleges that John Hancock Life Insurance Co. violated ERISA by retaining foreign tax credits generated by plans’ investments under a group variable annuity contract.

PPL Corp. and Mass Brigham General Face ERISA Lawsuits

Imprudent investments and excessive fees were themes of lawsuits filed last week against retirement plan fiduciaries.

70% of Eligible Employees Have Joined California’s State-Run Retirement Program

Early evidence suggests the mandate for employers that don’t offer a retirement plan to join CalSavers is driving adoption of new plans.

Retirement Plan Advisers Might Help Lessen ERISA Lawsuits by Adding Defensive Provisions
Advisers can assist plan sponsors with mitigating and preventing claims for benefits and other Employee Retirement Income Security Act claims.
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