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
Three New ERISA Lawsuits Bash Actively Managed TDFs

Three new lawsuits question the offering of actively managed target-date funds to retirement plan participants.

$300 Million Plan Faces ERISA Fiduciary Breach Lawsuit

The plan being challenged in the latest fiduciary breach lawsuit held less than $300 million as of the start of last year, making it one of the smallest to become the target of an ERISA complaint.

Another Lawsuit Challenges Use of Untested CITs in 401(k) Plan

A similar lawsuit was filed in May against an investment manager and a different plan sponsor.

Attorneys Offer Closer Reading of DOL’s Open MEP RFI

Advisers and broker/dealers hoping to work with open multiple employer plans now have a short window to offer their perspectives to the Department of Labor and the Internal Revenue Service.

DOL Aims to Quickly Simplify Conflict of Interest Framework

The main theme of the new fiduciary rule proposal is alignment with other regulators—the SEC and FINRA in particular—but the agency is by no means surrendering its jurisdiction over tax-qualified retirement plans.

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