PLANSPONSOR Weekend Newsdash
Week ending August 19th, 2016
Happy Friday, readers! Did you know that you can view our latest print editions online at , in addition to our dedicated daily web coverage, research and videos? Our bimonthly print magazine takes deeper dives into current issues impacting the retirement specialist adviser, bringing critical and actionable insights from leading industry sources. Selections from our latest edition are below, including coverage of the 10-year PPA anniversary, our latest recordkeeper services guide, micro-plan service strategies, and more.  
Editor's choice
The 'Threat' of the PPA
Anyone who works in the retirement plan industry knows it is a world of acronyms, most of which refer to regulations or laws. The first such law with an acronym that I remember watching evolve was the Pension Protection Act of 2006—the PPA. Read more >
2016 PLANADVISER Recordkeeper Services Guide
Retirement plan advisers may often find themselves in the role of matchmaker: working with a defined contribution client to determine which investments and platforms or providers are the best fit. To be in a top position to guide the client, an adviser must keep abreast of the provider community, so as to stay current on what products and services are available to suit each client’s needs. Read more >
Staying Within Bounds
Does the new fiduciary rule create a fine line between education and advice? The answer seems to be a little “yes and no.” Read more >
Servicing Micro Plans
Research consistently shows advisers’ DC skills are badly needed among small-business plan sponsors, especially when it comes to bringing “micro” plans into alignment with the best practices widely adopted by these plans’ larger counterparts. Read more >
Improving Your Business By Partnering With a TPA
Russell Hooker, executive vice president at TPA firm Nova 401(k) Associates Inc. in Houston, thinks of a good plan adviser as acting like a general contractor, playing an overall leadership role but delegating work as needed to skilled experts on the team. Read more >
Advisers Beware and Be Cautious When Talking Taxes in 2018

During a webinar called to discuss the advisory industry impacts of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, experts warned advisers to be ready to decline to offer tax advice during 2018—over and over again.

Three Quarters of Americans Have Not Planned for LTC Needs

Yet nearly six in 10 say saving for long-term care is a financial priority

Wells Fargo Advisors SEC Filing Hints at Federal Fiduciary Investigation

The firm says it does not have additional information to share at this juncture beyond what has been noted in a 2017 year-end SEC filing; in that newly emerged document, Wells Fargo Advisors says it has begun an internal investigation into “whether there have been inappropriate referrals or recommendations” made by its advisors, including with respect to rollovers for 401(k) plan participants.

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.

Advisers Moving to a Client-Centric Model

Advisers are using new planning models and smarter technology, including automation, so that they can offer personalized service, SEI finds.

Editorial: Alison Cooke Mintzer

Advertising: Paul Zampitella

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