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Recommendations to Improve Retirement Security
Reducing debt and having a clear spend-down strategy were also among the four keys to facilitating financial security in retirement identified by EBRI’s Retirement Security Research Center.
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The Number of Excessive Fee Lawsuits Grew in 2021
Plan sponsors also brought D&I efforts to retirement plans and lawmakers continued to introduce retirement plan legislation, according to Janus Henderson Investors’ DC trends webinar.
Today’s Most Read
1. The New Vesting Schedule Debate
2. The Most ‘Outrageous’ ERISA Complaints Yet Filed?
3. Why Are Financial Services Firms Looking to Wealth Management Leaders?
A $500 Step Towards Financial Wellness
The nonprofit financial wellness provider SaverLife has teamed up with the KFC Foundation to meet the straightforward but ambitious goal of ensuring KFC workers can amass $500 in emergency savings.
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.

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2:00 p.m. EST 
Aug. 10, 2021

ProCourse Fiduciary Advisors Acquired by MJ Insurance
Doug Prince will continue to serve as CEO of ProCourse after the acquisition, with the entire team of 13 remaining in the Carmel, Indiana, location.
Use of CITs in 401(k)s Continues Growth
Collective investment trusts dominate the large plan market, particularly within target-date funds, data shows.
Lawmakers Aim to Reform Index Linked Annuities Registration Regs
A bipartisan group of representatives is seeking to require the Securities and Exchange Commission to revise its rules regarding the development and offering of certain annuity products.
Market Mirror Market Mirror Graph

Tuesday, the Dow gained 278.24 points (0.80%) to finish at 35,116.40, the Nasdaq closed 80.23 points (0.55%) higher at 14,761.30, and the S&P 500 increased 35.99 points (0.82%) to 4,423.15. The Russell 2000 was up 8.09 points (0.36%) at 2,223.58, and the Wilshire 5000 climbed 309.62 points (0.68%) to 45,957.97.

The price of the 10-year Treasury note was unchanged, with its yield at 1.178%. The price of the 30-year Treasury bond increased 23/32, bringing its yield down to 1.847%.

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.
PLANADVISER Webinar: CITs and Other Investment Vehicles
Research from firms like BrightScope and Cerulli Associates shows key defined contribution plan decisionmakers, including advisers and consultants, continue to favor collective investment trusts, largely due to their relatively low-cost structure and pricing flexibility. Today, 401(k) plan assets in CITs have eclipsed the $2 trillion mark, and the growth is expected to accelerate as more investors catch on and the DC plan product set develops. CITs already dominate the large plan market, particularly within target-date funds, data show, but many CIT providers have recently lowered their investment minimums and, in certain cases, waived them altogether. Cerulli’s reporting finds that those with low or no investment minimums are more tenable investment options for smaller plans—and that advisers can help promote stronger adoption down market, where higher investment fees remain a pressing issue. Investment vehicles such as exchange-traded funds and separately managed accounts are also a point of focus, with advisers and their clients seeking new ways to put their hard-earned assets to work. This edition of the 2022 PLANADVISER Practice Progress webinar series will take the pulse of the rapidly evolving marketplace of DC plan investments, featuring timely analysis from leading experts who have long known and embraced these “emerging” investment options. If you are a DC plan adviser who wants to know more about how to invest efficiently via CITs, ETFs and other investment types, you can’t afford to miss the discussion!
PLANADVISER Webinar: Managed Accounts
Sponsored by Betterment According to a recent Deloitte report, “The Rewards and Risks of Managed Account Programs in the Wealth Management Industry,” assets in managed account programs have grown by 117% since 2012, and they now make up a substantial portion of assets under management and a majority of new asset flows for the wealth management industry. Related analyses show the role of managed accounts has grown substantially within the defined contribution retirement plan space. Experts say this growth reflects a long-term industry trend away from commission-based brokerage offerings toward fee-based advisory offerings. While there are hurdles to greater adoption, many believe managed account programs are poised for continued growth, especially as more firms have announced plans to make them a strategic priority. This edition of the 2022 PLANADVISER Practice Progress webinar series will delve into the most important questions about managed accounts, such as: • How are they built? • How are they marketed and delivered? • How can they impact firm operations and client outcomes? Don’t miss this important discussion designed to help you achieve practice progress!
PLANADVISER Webinar – Financial Wellness
Sponsored by Betterment This has been a tough year for U.S. retirement plan participants—and for workers in general. Heading into the year, core inflation was already running above 5%, and it has only spiked since. At the same time, geopolitical events have injected fresh uncertainty into what was already a frothy market, and most retirement investors have experienced substantial reductions in portfolio values. Investment managers say the markets will continue to grapple with the trade-offs between inflation and growth for the foreseeable future.
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