PLANADVISER Weekend Newsdash
Week ending January 3rd, 2020

Happy Friday, readers, and a happy New Year! Thank you for reading the first edition of PLANADVISERweekend published in 2020. This year, each Friday, PLANADVISER will bring you the most popular articles published in recent weeks, curated by theme. The first Friday of the month will focus on Practice Management; second Friday, Investing; the third Friday of each month we will bring you articles focused on Client Service; and the fourth Friday will be focused on Health Care and Other Benefits. Five Fridays in a month happens only quarterly, but that week our topic will be Rollovers.

Editor's choice
To Surmount the Gender Gap
The financial adviser management industry has a well-known gender gap. In 2018, of the 537,000 financial advisers accounted for by the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Current Population Survey (CPS), 33.5% were women. Read more >
2019—the Year of Mergers and Acquisitions
Wells Fargo, PSC, Aspire, Charles Schwab, Hub International, CAPTRUST and many other firms have been involved in significant merger and acquisition activity this year. Read more >
A New Way to Think About Building a Retirement Planning Practice
What is your closing rate for 401(k) plans? Have you tried offering simpler solutions? Read more >
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 >
PLANADVISER Practice Benchmarking Survey
Of note this year was an increase in the number of advisers stating they are registered investment advisers (RIAs) only. Read more >
Facts You Haven’t Learned About HSAs
One overlooked benefit of HSAs is that people can actually spend money on qualified health care expenses out of pocket and then reimburse themselves tax-free via the HSA once they enter retirement.  Read more >
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Old Dogs, New Tricks: Training for Veteran Advisers Pays Off

A new case study suggests even advisers with decades of industry experience can attain measurable growth improvements with the short-term addition of training, coaching and peer accountability.

Weighing Active Management in DC Plans

Experts continue the debate about actively managed funds in light of a publication from the CFA Institute Research Foundation which asks, ‘Is active management worth it?’

CAPTRUST, T. Rowe, NBS Team Up on ‘MEP-PEP Alternative’ for Small Clients

The Direct Fiduciary program aims to allow companies to significantly reduce the amount of time spent managing an individual 401(k) plan by outsourcing administrative and investment fiduciary responsibilities.

DOL, IRS and PBGC Call for Comments on Form 5500 Revisions

In addition to asking for input on the SECURE Act’s requirements and the current Form 5500, the DOL has published a notice of proposed changes to its implementation of regulations under Title I of ERISA.

SEC Sanctions Offer New Cybersecurity Guideposts
One former SEC enforcement leader says actions against several advisory firms that allegedly had cybersecurity failures make a clear case for the use of multifactor authentication—but that’s just the beginning of cybersecurity.
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