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 >
MOST POPULAR STORIES
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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