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February 3rd, 2021

Transformational Trends

2020 was an extraordinary year, in ways we likely have yet to fully understand, and 2021 is proving to be a worthy successor. Join us for a one-day digital seminar on March 24, where we will explore key lessons learned from this extraordinary time for the retirement planning industry. Read more >
‘Sell and Stay’ Is the Norm for RIA M&A Deals
Most firm owners say they would prefer to “sell and stay” for a defined period of time after a deal closes—and ultimately participate in the growth opportunities created by the combined entities. Read more >
Some Say Union Revival Could Address Retirement Insecurity
Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows the U.S. now has the fifth lowest trade union density of the 36 member nations of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development. Read more >
15th Anniversary of RPAY: Chepenik Financial Services
Since being named the 2019 PLANSPONSOR Large Team Retirement Plan Adviser of the Year, Chepenik Financial in Orlando, Florida, has experienced “significant changes,” says Jason Chepenik, managing partner. Read more >
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Ascensus Launches 529 Savings App
The firm says the app features a design driven by behavioral science and that it provides customized user experiences to drive better savings outcomes. Read more >
2021 PLANSPONSOR Plan Adviser of the Year Nominations Are Now Open
Nominations for the 2021 PLANSPONSOR Retirement Plan Adviser of the Year awards may be made by plan sponsor clients, employers, brokers/dealers of eligible advisers, as well as from working partners of these advisers. Read more >
Market Mirror
Tuesday, the Dow climbed 475.57 points (1.57%) to 30,687.48, the NASDAQ gained 209.38 points (1.56%) to finish at 13,612.78, and the S&P 500 increased 52.45 points (1.39%) to 3,826.31. The Russell 2000 was up 25.28 points (1.19%) at 2,151.44, and the Wilshire 5000 closed 574.63 points (1.43%) higher at 40,649.08. The price of the 10-year Treasury note decreased 24/32, bringing its yield up to 1.103%. The price of the 30-year Treasury bond was down 2/32, increasing its yield to 1.870%.
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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