PLANSPONSOR Weekend Newsdash
Week ending December 16th, 2016
Happy Friday, readers! With this being one of the last weekend mailings we’ll bring to you in 2016, we thought it was important to highlight what really matters most in the advisory business—serving clients well. At a time of fiduciary and market evolution, keeping the client’s interests front and center will no doubt pay dividends. Compiled below are some recent articles on doing just that. 
Editor's choice
Laser Focus on Clients Pays Off
Advisers who concentrate on their clients’ interfaces have the fastest growing firms.  Read more >
Managing Partner Study Groups Circulate Best Practices
What does the client need? What are the tools and things you provide the client? How do you manage a committee from a fiduciary standpoint? These are all crucial points of discussion within and among advisory firms.  Read more >
Providers Recognizing Need for Better Retirement Communications
Retirement plan provider firms have made signification additions or improvements to their retirement readiness tools, and recent digital innovations include responsive design. Read more >
Social Media Boosting Client-Adviser Relationships
Although several regulations still limit use of social media in retirement planning and the wider financial-services industry, many advisers are finding that platforms like Facebook and Twitter are becoming excellent tools for building client relationships.   Read more >
Investment Industry Must Double Down on Fairness and Transparency
In the retirement planning and investment industry of the near- and long-term future, providers’ motivations will play a deep role in determining success. Read more >
Nearly Three-Quarters of Boomers Want to Delay Retirement

More than three in 10 have no retirement budget.

Will SCOTUS Decide the Fate of the DOL Fiduciary Rule?

Some ERISA attorneys argue the Fifth Circuit decision last week to vacate entirely the DOL’s fiduciary rule expansion makes a Supreme Court decision on the matter inevitable; others are less sure that a decisive SCOTUS decision could be forthcoming, instead expecting the SEC to take the lead; still others admit they have little idea how the regulatory picture will shake out, recommending patience and ongoing compliance.

Confusion Abounds After Fifth Circuit Decision Vacates DOL Fiduciary Rule

The latest decision out of the Fifth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals throws a dramatic new element of confusion into the epic regulatory saga that has been the rollout of the Department of Labor fiduciary rule.

Many Americans Would Forego Social Security Payments for Student Loan Debt Forgiveness

The Student Security Act of 2017​ would grant $550 in student loan forgiveness for each month a student debtor was willing to raise his or her full retirement age, or $6,600 per year.

Retirement Programs Must Continue to Evolve to Address Participant Needs
Chuck Coldwell, vice president - national director, Consulting and BOLI Services at Pentegra, believes as an industry, we still have not reached the goal of getting the majority of participants in a good place for retirement—even with auto enroll and escalate.

Editorial: Alison Cooke Mintzer

Advertising: Paul Zampitella

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