Newsdash Insight on Plan Design & Investment Strategy from PLANSPONSOR
December 24th, 2018
How Many Plans Make You a DC Specialist?
Cogent Reports’ latest analysis of the DC plan adviser industry shows most advisers touching this space still manage only a handful of plans—while those with more plans are growing much faster than the average firm. Read more >
Why Do Advisers Sound So Similar in Sales Pitches?
Pershing researchers warn that it is far harder for advisers to convey the uniqueness of their value propositions than is commonly assumed. Read more >
Western Region Sees Strongest Adviser Growth
Of the 805,623 non-clerical employees of SEC-registered firms, more than half spend the bulk of their time providing investment advisory services or research. Read more >
PANC 2018: Transformation in the Small Business Market
Significant transformation is happening in the small business retirement plan market; what does this mean for the fiduciary adviser community? Read more >
Advisers Fret Lack of Support and Limited Autonomy
A new survey of advisers published by Schwab Independent Branch Services suggests client-facing staffers are “brimming with entrepreneurial drive,” and as a result they are increasingly drawn to independence. Read more >
Franklin Templeton to Acquire Putnam for $925 Million
Human Interest Offers 3% Cash Back for New Retirement Savers
Congress Says It Will Fix at Least 4 Errors in SECURE 2.0
Smart Acquires Managed Account Provider ProManage
Retirement Industry People Moves
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2017 Stable Value Study
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Advisers Believe AI Will Create Competitive Advantage
They plan on using it to better understand clients’ needs. Read more >
Open MEPs Could Create Many Opportunities for Advisers
Should Congress or federal regulators eliminate the common nexus and bad apple rules that have held back open multiple employer plans, experts anticipate many more small businesses will jump in. https://www Read more >
Peering Through the Regulatory Kaleidoscope
Spend any significant amount of time in the retirement planning industry and, whatever the role, one will inevitably hear about the negative impact of “regulatory uncertainty.” Has it always been this way? Read more >
Market Mirror
Friday, the Dow was down by 414.23 points (1.81%) to close at 22,445.37, NASDAQ lost 195.41 points (2.99%) to finish at 6,332.99, and the S&P 500 declined by 50.84 points (2.06%) to 2,416.58. The Russell 2000 shed 33.92 points (2.56%) to finish at 1,292.09, and the Wilshire 5000 tumbled by 540.50 points (2.13%) to 24,792.89. The price of the 10-year Treasury note was up by 8/32, decreasing its yield to 2.781%. The price of the 30-year Treasury bond was up by 15/32, decreasing its yield to 3.024%. WEEK’S WORTH: For the week ended December 21, the Dow was down by 6.87%, the S&P 500 fell by 7.05%, and the NASDAQ gave up 8.36%. The Russell 2000 fell by 8.42%, and the Wilshire 5000 declined by 7.31%.
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