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Wednesday, July 07, 2021
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Pandemic Proved Value of ‘S-ESOP’ Employee Ownership
Workers at employee-owned S corporations, who invest in and own their employers via ‘S employee stock ownership plans,’ report being on significantly more stable financial ground than other U.S. workers.
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Today’s Most Read
1. With Prudential Acquisition, Empower Aims for Growth Up to 3x Faster Than Other Recordkeepers
2. Empower to Acquire Full-Service Retirement Business of Prudential
3. ProNvest Launches Fintech Platform
Amid the Pandemic, Advisory Industry Enjoyed Record Demand
New performance research published by the Investment Adviser Association shows the industry ‘defied’ the pandemic during the past year, achieving significant growth across key metrics for the ninth consecutive year.
Court Affirms Arrangement Between Sponsor and Recordkeeper Not a Prohibited Transaction
After reviewing a decision in an ERISA lawsuit against Banner Health, the 10th Circuit also found no reason to order the sponsor to implement an RFP process.
A Few Key Lessons to Learn From Wealth Managers
Guidance about investing and the accumulation of assets is only the beginning of genuine financial planning—a fact that has already been embraced by forward-thinking wealth managers.
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Tuesday, the Dow closed 208.98 points (0.60%) lower at 34,577.37, the Nasdaq was up 24.32 points (0.17%) at 14,663.64, and the S&P 500 was down 8.80 points (0.20%) at 4,343.54. The Russell 2000 lost 31.26 points (1.36%) to finish at 2,274.50, and the Wilshire 5000 decreased 110.30 points (0.24%) to 45,453.09.

The price of the 10-year Treasury note increased 30/32, bringing its yield down to 1.355%. The price of the 30-year Treasury bond climbed 1 6/32, decreasing its yield to 1.980%.

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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