PLANADVISER Weekend Newsdash
Week ending November 2nd, 2018

Happy Friday! This weekend’s mailing focuses on the timely topic of practice management. Readers will likely not have to be reminded of the many challenges (and opportunities) facing retirement plan advisers today. Client expectations are shifting, regulatory uncertainty is the norm, and new tools and technologies are emerging every day. Collected below is a broad series of articles and research providing helpful context for understanding this demanding environment, including our latest proprietary report: The 2018 PLANADVISER Retirement Plan Adviser Survey. We hope you will share some of what you read with clients and colleagues.

Practice Management
The 2018 PLANADVISER Retirement Plan Adviser Survey
The 2018 PLANADVISER Retirement Plan Adviser Survey, our 12th such survey, delves into the many factors that advisers consider when selecting investment managers and recordkeeping providers. It also reveals what companies they most like to work with and have found to excel in various subcategories of services. Read more >
Registered Advisers Often Confused by Custody Reporting
Form ADV includes a number of questions about the custody of client assets; these questions continue to be a source of widespread confusion and inconsistent interpretations in the asset management industry. Read more >
Open MEPs Could Create Many Opportunities for Advisers
Should Congress or federal regulators eliminate the common nexus and bad apple rules that have held back open multiple employer plans, experts anticipate many more small businesses will jump in. Read more >
DISRUPTION: Time to Consider an OCIO for DC Plans?
GSAM Head of OCIO Greg Calnon says his firm is increasingly focused on supporting defined contribution plan sponsors; while pension plans are still the majority of clients, the outlook is evolving fast. Read more >
PANC 2018: Transformation in the Small Business Market
Significant transformation is happening in the small business retirement plan market; what does this mean for the fiduciary adviser community? Read more >
Closer Client Relationships Drive Greater Growth and Satisfaction
According to FPA, financial planners who engage in “know your client” behaviors gain deeper personal fulfillment from many more of their client relationships. 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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