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Wednesday, April 07, 2021
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When a 'JumpStart' Is Needed
Some advisers are working to redefine what the typical entrance into the brokerage and advisory world looks like, shifting the focus away from sales quotas and business development and toward a more holistic, humanistic way of doing business. 
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Bellwether IBM Stock Drop ERISA Lawsuit Settlement Published
The case history of IBM v. Jander shows the importance, but also the limitations, of Supreme Court rulings in fiduciary breach cases involving ERISA.
Today’s Most Read
1. Old Dogs, New Tricks: Training for Veteran Advisers Pays Off
2. Weighing Active Management in DC Plans
3. CAPTRUST, T. Rowe, NBS Team Up on ‘MEP-PEP Alternative’ for Small Clients
Upcoming Webinar: ESG and ERISA Plans
We will discuss how asset managers are putting environmental, social and governance investing themes to work. Particular attention will be paid to the regulatory environment and the potential to pursue greater investment returns by seeking out companies with higher ESG ratings.
A New Telling of the Story of Persistent Inequality
The interest rate regime embraced to combat strong inflation of the mid-1970s and early 1980s has had unintended consequences—including the development of historic levels of wealth inequality. Yakov Feygin says there’s a lot that can be done to turn things around.
The Latest Word on ESG
In terms of plan investing, fiduciary duty continues to come first.
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Tuesday, the Dow closed 96.95 points (0.29%) lower at 33,430.24, the Nasdaq was down 7.21 points (0.05%) at 13,698.38, and the S&P 500 decreased 3.97 points (0.10%) to 4,073.94. The Russell 2000 climbed 63.36 points (2.89%) to 2,259.15, and the Wilshire 5000 was up 9.84 points (0.02%) at 42,815.64.

The price of the 10-year Treasury note increased 26/32, bringing its yield down to 1.654%. The price of the 30-year Treasury bond climbed 28/32, decreasing its yield to 2.320%.

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 Lincoln Financial
Retirement Plan Design: Don’t Forget a Plan For Retirement
Participants not only need to save in their retirement plan—they need a plan for retirement. In-plan guaranteed retirement income can boost their retirement readiness and benefit your clients. Their success is your success—be proactive by delivering value through addressing retirement transitions. It’s critical to address retirement transitions. In this session, we’ll focus on participant needs and how you can bring retirement income in-plan. We’ll discuss: Evolution of DC plans Consumer demand for in-plan guaranteed income Benefits to plan sponsors and participants Guaranteed income options, with an in-depth review of guaranteed lifetime withdrawal benefit designs
Sponsored by Franklin Templeton
Financial Independence is the New Retirement
“Retirement” has become an antiquated term, and most workers are seeking a future that suits their personal goals. Employees are more interested in achieving financial independence and, with it, the freedom to pursue whichever lifestyle they desire. In this webinar you’ll hear from a panel of experts on how advisers can adjust their approach to employer sponsored retirement plans to better support employers and employees in their pursuit of financial independence.
2021 Practice Progress Series: How to Lose a Client (or Not)—Lessons Learned From Unsuccessful Advisory Relationships
Advisers will share their stories of unsuccessful client relationships, with an eye on helping their peers and colleagues avoid similar issues in the future. Beyond some of the obvious issues that can arise, the panel will detail some unexpected challenges and miscommunications that can cause friction in the client-adviser relationship.
2021 Practice Progress Series: The Future of Health Care—and What It Means for Retirement Planning
As health care costs rise, there is more overlap than ever between health decisions and financial decisions. So much is obvious to forward-thinking financial advisers, but what is less clear is where health care itself is heading in the 21st century. Sponsored by American Century Investments
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