PLANADVISER Weekend Newsdash
Week ending December 14th, 2018

Happy Friday, readers! Experienced advisers will likely agree that helping clients accept equity market volatility is one of their biggest challenges. Simply put, most advisers have learned how to cope with and understand the role of volatility, but their clients have not. The disparity between adviser and client perspectives highlights the importance of open, frequent communication—and of establishing and following a carefully constructed investment plan.

Dealing With Volatility
Managers’ Long-Term Outlook Gives Context for Current Volatility
Despite slowing global growth, disparate inflation rates, and continued normalization of U.S. monetary policy, economists with Vanguard and J.P. Morgan Asset Management believe that a near-term recession will be avoided. Read more >
J.P. Morgan Offers 2019 to 2029 Capital Market Assumptions
If they do not embrace immigration in a big way, developed economies are likely to run into labor shortages that will curtail their growth potential; emerging markets will likely benefit from demographic trends. Read more >
Active Management Insights from Putnam CEO Bob Reynolds
As the firm launches a new initiative to educate investors about active management opportunities, Putnam CEO Bob Reynolds says he is optimistic that an improved retirement landscape will take shape in 2019. Read more >
Stock Market Volatility Brings Predictable 401(k) Trading Spike
Preliminary data shared by Alight Solutions shows the firm’s 401(k) trading index spiked on Monday October 29; investors making moves shunned growth assets and paid premium prices for fixed income. Read more >
Strategic Perspective Is a Key Commodity During Bouts of Volatility
As recently as mid-2016 it was common to hear advisers describe significant market volatility as the new normal, but since then the global equity markets have been remarkably stable and generous; so it makes some sense, experts agree, that investors are feeling jittery as volatility returns to the fore. 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.

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.

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.

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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