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Wednesday, April 28, 2021
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Advisers Giving Back: Sean Patton
Raised by his family to believe in the importance of giving back, Patton now leads various important efforts in the Rochester community, from supporting breast cancer research advocates to helping run an adventure camp for children and young adults with disabilities.
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The Inside Take: Ascensus CEO on GIC, Stone Point Acquisition
Ascensus CEO David Musto says the goal of the deal is not for his firm to radically shift its strategy or change its approach to doing business; instead, the transaction is about scale, resources and knowledge-sharing.
Today’s Most Read
1. Dissecting TIAA Subsidiary’s $97 Million SEC Rollover Settlement
2. Empower to Acquire Full-Service Retirement Business of Prudential
3. With Prudential Acquisition, Empower Aims for Growth Up to 3x Faster Than Other Recordkeepers
Aon, Alight Win Lawsuit Alleging PRT Failures
Following a bench trial, said the firms “acted prudently and reasonably in administrating, investing and terminating the pension plan.”
Lifetime Income Illustrations
Preparing committees for this SECURE Act requirement.
Once They Catch On, PEPs Could Grow Exponentially
The current hesitancy over how they will take shape will be overcome by appreciation among advisers and sponsors alike at the prospect of expanding retirement coverage, sources say.
Marketing Tips for 401(k) Plan Professionals
Rebecca Hourihan, founder of 401(k) Marketing, offers suggestions to help advisory industry professionals feel more confident in their personal brand.
Market Mirror Market Mirror Graph

Tuesday, the Dow was up 3.36 points (0.01%) at 33,984.93, the Nasdaq closed 48.56 points (0.34%) lower at 14,090.22, and the S&P 500 was virtually unchanged at 4,186.72. The Russell 2000 increased 3.26 points (0.14%) to 2,301.27, and the Wilshire 5000 was virtually unchanged at 44,049.36.

The price of the 10-year Treasury note was down 4/32, increasing its yield to 1.623%. The price of the 30-year Treasury bond fell 1 1/32, bringing its yield up to 2.298%.

Industry Intel Roundup
Featured Webcasts
PLANADVISER is pleased to present the next edition of our Industry Intelligence roundup. This week, we are featuring webcasts sponsored by experienced providers in the industry. The content was created to educate, inform and offer ideas for plan sponsors regarding plan design, investing, administration and compliance.
Sponsored by Franklin Templeton
Living Up to Plan Sponsor and Plan Participant Expectations
In this panel discussion, we will examine how the expectations of plan sponsors and participants are evolving—and what financial professionals must do to stay competitive. Key points that will be covered are: - How to compete with more sophisticated advisory firms and the impact of consolidation - Communicating your value proposition - Delivering personalization at scale (by leveraging technology and data)
2021 Practice Progress Series: SEPs, SIMPLEs and More: Growing a Practice With Smaller Clients
Many retirement plan specialist advisers spend the bulk of their time working on 401(k) plans, and potentially on 403(b)s and defined benefit (DB) pensions. However, such solutions are often best suited for mid- and large-sized employers, and, thus, it can be challenging for advisers to profitably and efficiently serve small business clients and sole proprietorships. This is where simplified employee pensions (SEPs) and savings incentive match plans for employees (SIMPLEs) come into play. This hourlong editorial-driven webinar will feature a panel of micro-market experts addressing the related topics of efficiently and profitably serving this end of the retirement planning market. We will cover the basics of SEPs, SIMPLEs and other savings arrangement, before exploring the many opportunities this client segment affords.
2021 Practice Progress Series: Evolution in the DCIO Provider Landscape
Marking its 10th anniversary in 2021, the PLANADVISER Defined Contribution Investment Only (DCIO) Survey has been chronicling the slow but steady changes remaking this important marketplace. As our panelists will discuss during this hourlong editorial webinar, the evolution has been considerable. For example, the stable-value and insurance-based products that were common many decades ago now make up only 10% of the market, and nearly two-thirds (65%) of assets reside in asset-allocation or equity-based products. Among other trends, the panel will describe how this transformation was fueled by the explosive growth in access to mutual funds, which captured more than 70% of DC plan assets earlier this decade before falling to 56% in 2020. Attendees will also hear about what the panel expects to come next for DCIO providers, which face consolidation pressures and fee compression similar to many other parts of the investment industry.
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