PLANADVISER Weekend Newsdash
Week ending December 27th, 2019

Happy Friday, readers! There are a lot of elements to ensuring success in the financial advisory profession, but at the core is quality client service. You can have the best growth rate in the industry and the most effective sales staffers out there, but if you aren’t retaining existing clients, it will all be for naught. Collected below is a series of articles on the topic of ensuring quality client service. We hope you will share some of what you read with a client or colleague.

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2020 Will Be Another Year of Adviser Philanthropy
The editorial team of PLANADVISER was blown away by the generosity of advisers recognized in our 2019 Advisers Giving Back program, and we’re already working on new stories of giving for 2020. Read more >
Business Owners Dream (Wrongly) of an Easy Retirement Transition
Business owners believe strongly in the value of their businesses, so they are often tempted to reinvest everything into the enterprise, thinking that will be their “retirement plan.” Read more >
Ways to Combat Leakage
The Savings Preservation Working Group says that at least 33% and as many as 47% of plan participants withdraw part or all of their retirement savings when switching jobs. Read more >
Preventing Financial Abuse of Aging Clients
Retirement plan advisers do more than help shape their retired clients’ finances; they can and indeed must play a part in making sure their clients are treated equitably. Read more >
The Price Tag of Financial Stress
According to new John Hancock research, financial stress has a major impact on organizations, costing more than an estimated $1,900 per year, per employee. Read more >
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Three New ERISA Lawsuits Bash Actively Managed TDFs

Three new lawsuits question the offering of actively managed target-date funds to retirement plan participants.

$300 Million Plan Faces ERISA Fiduciary Breach Lawsuit

The plan being challenged in the latest fiduciary breach lawsuit held less than $300 million as of the start of last year, making it one of the smallest to become the target of an ERISA complaint.

Attorneys Offer Closer Reading of DOL’s Open MEP RFI

Advisers and broker/dealers hoping to work with open multiple employer plans now have a short window to offer their perspectives to the Department of Labor and the Internal Revenue Service.

Another Lawsuit Challenges Use of Untested CITs in 401(k) Plan

A similar lawsuit was filed in May against an investment manager and a different plan sponsor.

DOL Aims to Quickly Simplify Conflict of Interest Framework

The main theme of the new fiduciary rule proposal is alignment with other regulators—the SEC and FINRA in particular—but the agency is by no means surrendering its jurisdiction over tax-qualified retirement plans.

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