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 >
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With Prudential Acquisition, Empower Aims for Growth Up to 3x Faster Than Other Recordkeepers

The CEO of the nation’s No. 2 recordkeeper says Empower’s focus will continue to be on a best-in-class user experience.

Empower to Acquire Full-Service Retirement Business of Prudential

Empower will acquire Prudential’s DC, DB, non-qualified and rollover IRA business, in addition to its stable value and separate account investment products and platforms.

ProNvest Launches Fintech Platform

It can cull data for advisers, banks, credit unions, insurance firms and other institutions to give an overview of a person’s defined contribution plan holdings.

Dissecting TIAA Subsidiary’s $97 Million SEC Rollover Settlement

A subsidiary of TIAA will settle conflict of interest charges related to the provision of rollover advice to employer-sponsored retirement plan participants; the development offers up some important considerations for financial services professionals.

Talking Scale With Voya, Sterling Resources Leaders

Over the past decade, the universe of retirement plan recordkeepers has contracted from about 400 to approximately 150, with no signs of slowing. Experts say one lesson learned in this time is that not all scale is created equal.

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