PLANADVISER Weekend Newsdash
Week ending December 8th, 2017

Happy Friday, readers! Heading into the second weekend of each month we compile the timeliest and most informative articles filed under the heading of Investing in recent weeks. With broad market indices riding once again near record highs, clients must be reminded of the importance of maintaining their risk tolerance carefully. And while returns in the last year have been quite strong, asset managers continue to pare down their long-term capital growth expectations, some to the low single digits. We hope the reporting collected below offers helpful context for navigating the markets as 2018 quickly approaches.

Investing
U.S. Market Index Records Offer Food For Thought
Few retirement plan investors may actually mirror their portfolios to a U.S. total market index—but there are still some important implications to be found in the record-setting performance of the Wilshire 5000, beyond the relative growth of small-cap and large-cap. Read more >
Growth in TDF Market Underscores Proprietary Product Debate
The drivers behind a target-date manager offering open architecture most commonly include the belief that participants benefit from asset manager diversification and the need to outsource allocations to access best-in-class strategies, Cerulli reports. Read more >
Sidecar Savings Accounts Could Support DC Plan Success
One clear way to help prevent retirement plan leakage is to help families cope with financial shocks and income volatility in the short term; one way to do this is to encourage use of “sidecar accounts.” Read more >
Responsible Investing Strategies Still a Challenge for Advisers
Only 21% of advisers surveyed reported feeling very well informed about responsible investing strategies, and the survey found accessing ESG data is a challenge for advisers. Read more >
Assessing U.S. Retirement Allocations in a Global Context
MFS data show that relative global growth trends have held steady since 2012: Developed economies have hovered between 0.5% and 2% gross domestic product (GDP) growth while emerging economies have ranged between 3.5% and 5% over that time. Interesting in the current political environment, manufacturing performance indicators have been more even across global and developed economies. Read more >
MOST POPULAR STORIES
Supreme Court Rules Against Northwestern University in Fee Case

The high court’s ruling states that the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals erred in relying on the fact that plaintiff-participants had the ‘ultimate choice’ over their investments to excuse allegedly imprudent decisions by the plan sponsor.

What the Supreme Court’s Northwestern Ruling Means in Practice
Expert ERISA attorneys say the new opinion in Hughes v. Northwestern University, while important, is far from earth-shattering when it comes to its likely impact on the pace or character of retirement plan fee litigation.
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.

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.

Advisers Can Address Participant Savings Gaps With New Retirement Readiness Calculator

The tool was launched to bolster retirement planning resources and offer personalized support, customized solutions and best practices. 

 

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