Newsdash Insight on Plan Design & Investment Strategy from PLANSPONSOR
December 1st, 2016
Navigating Fiduciary Uncertainty
Even for firms that decide to maintain their old business models and rely instead on the Best Interest Contract exemption, technical compliance does not ensure client satisfaction. Read more >
Plan Sponsor Scrutiny Elevates Adviser Businesses
The new fiduciary rule will motivate sponsors to take a harder look at the offerings and performance of service providers—including recordkeepers, investment managers and advisers. Read more >
Pricing Pressure Mounts On U.S. Advisory Industry
Data from Cerulli Associates shows a bright future for fee-based advisory arrangements—but individual advisory firms may struggle to maintain profitability. Read more >
Institutional Investors Have Many Investing Changes Planned
“With 2017 just around the corner, the asset allocation outlook for global institutional investors appears to be driven largely by the local economic realities and political uncertainties in which they’re operating,” suggests Scott Couto, president, Fidelity Institutional Asset Management. “The U.S. is likely to see its first rate hike in 12 months, which helps to explain why many in the country are hitting the pause button when it comes to changing their asset allocation.” Read more >
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Millennials Get Good Start on Retirement Savings With Auto Enrollment
A majority of Millennials entering the workforce are enrolled in their employer’s plan and begin saving earlier in their career due to automatic enrollment, an analysis finds. Read more >
ERISA VISTA: Sweeping Changes in Advice
Over the past decade, more advisers have been accepting fiduciary status and offering investment advisory services. This shift will be even more pronounced after the DOL fiduciary rule becomes applicable because the new requirements will lead to more advisers being considered fiduciaries. Read more >
DC Advisers Cite Fewer ‘Go-To’ Providers
Advisers recommend an average of just 2.2 plan providers to prospective clients, a new report suggests. Read more >
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