PLANADVISER 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
Wait, SECURE 2.0 Might Not Pass?

The legislative package may be running out of time, suggested Senator Ben Cardin at the EBRI Retirement Summit.

Asset Managers Scramble to Offer In-Demand Investment Vehicles

Asset managers are replicating existing mutual fund investment strategies in separately managed accounts and collective investment trusts to meet demand from retirement advisers and sponsors, according to new findings from Cerulli.

401(k) Robo-Adviser Blooom Shuts Services, Sells Tech to Morgan Stanley

A 401(k) robo-adviser with more than $5 billion in assets under management stopped servicing clients in November and has sold its technology to Morgan Stanley.

Fitch: SEC “Crack Down” on ESG Greenwashing to Continue

Retirement plan advisers should be aware both of SEC charges against those offering ESG funds, as well as the new DOL rule paving the way for ESG use in retirement plans, a consultant advises.

A Reminder to Avoid Fraudulent Hardship Withdrawals

An individual in Ohio was recently indicted by a grand jury on charges that he fraudulently claimed the assets he withdrew from his retirement account would be used to purchase a primary residence and to pay medical expenses.

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