PLANSPONSOR Weekend Newsdash
Week ending August 19th, 2016
NOTE FROM THE EDITOR
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 >
MOST POPULAR STORIES
Tax Bill Passed By Senate Backs Off 457(b), 403(b) Plan Changes

It appears some last-minute amendments have largely removed controversial provisions from the Senate’s version of tax reform legislation that would have had a big impact on governmental 457 and nonprofit 403(b) plan sponsors.

Pass-Through Tax Reform Impact on Small Businesses May Be Mitigated via Roth

The American Retirement Association says that tax reform could be a disincentive for small businesses to offer retirement plans; however, as one reader shares, there are counter considerations having to do with Roth 401(k) options that could mitigate some of the concern.

Settlement Ends Fujitsu Lawsuit Filed Over Plan Fees, Custom TDFs

In their lawsuit, the plaintiffs called the Fujitsu plan one of the most expensive in the country and specifically called out the design and implementation of the plan’s custom target-date funds.

CenturyLink Sued by Plan Participants Over Large Cap Stock Fund Construction

Plan fiduciaries are accused of breaching their duties in the design, management, operation and administration of an active large cap U.S. stock fund offered as a core menu investment option.

DOL Rule Provides Tailwind for Adoption of Outsourced Fiduciary Services

For the $5 million to $500 million DC plan market, advisers and consultants offering 3(38) discretionary investment advice are more common.

Editorial: Alison Cooke Mintzer alison.mintzer@strategic-i.com

Advertising: Paul Zampitella paul.zampitella@strategic-i.com

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