PLANADVISER Weekend Newsdash
Week ending December 7th, 2018

Happy Friday, readers! This weekend’s mailing focuses on the timely topic of succession planning. While the issue has received more attention in recent years, retirement industry research shows advisers have yet to fully embrace more formal succession plans. As such, their practices and their clients are exposed to unnecessary risk. Collected below are some strategies and suggestions for how to approach succession planning. We hope you share some of what you learn with a client or colleague.

Succession Planning Essentials
Succession Planning Essential for Long-Term Advisory Growth
Data shows many small business owners continue to work later in life, making them ripe targets for retirement advice and deep support with succession planning and wealth transitions.  Read more >
A Mere 27% of Advisers Have a Formal Succession Plan
When it comes to valuing and transitioning their business, 61% of advisers have a goal for the value, and 48% used a recurring revenue multiple to calculate that goal. Read more >
An Alternative to Traditional Succession Planning
A lack of succession process readiness, along with valuation issues, makes selling an independent advisory practice unfavorable for many advisers, says a new CLS Investments analysis. Read more >
Home Offices Must Get More Active In Staff Succession Plans
Troubling, many of the companies that say they have formal succession planning programs in place in truth dedicate very few hard-dollar resources, if any, to help. Read more >
ESOPs Present Business Transition Planning Opportunity
Some ownership transitions are designed to wring every last dollar possible out of the business, but this is simply not what ESOPs are about. Read more >
MOST POPULAR STORIES
‘Stretch IRAs,’ Multigenerational Inheritance and the SECURE Act
Low and middle-income Americans struggling to save for retirement are depending on the U.S. Senate to pass the SECURE Act, advocates say. At present, one roadblock seems to the law’s treatment of “stretch IRAs.”
SECURE Act Ensnared in Senate After Flying Through House
Washington insiders say Senator Ted Cruz is probably the biggest roadblock to the SECURE Act being passed in the near-term under unanimous consent; among other issues, he wants the bill to allow people to use tax-advantaged 529 college savings accounts to pay for home school expenses.
Retirement Industry People Moves

Gramercy Funds hires global head of business development; Ascensus acquires retirement and benefits solution adviser; Private equity director joins Hirtle Callaghan; and more. 

Upset in FINRA Board Large Seat Election

Board of Governors candidate-by-petition Chris Flint has defeated the FINRA-preferred candidate Andrew Duff.

Walgreen Sued for Keeping Underperforming TDFs in 401(k)

Despite a market “teeming with better-performing alternatives,” the plaintiffs say, Walgreen selected the Northern Trust Funds, which already had a history of poor performance.

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

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

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