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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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401(a) Plan Sponsor's Use of Asset Allocation Solution Challenged in Lawsuit
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.
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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