PLANADVISER Weekend Newsdash
Week ending June 5th, 2020

Greetings loyal PLANADVISER readers. For this weekend’s mailing, we felt compelled to put a spotlight on some of our recent coverage about the lack of diversity and multicultural representation in the retirement plan services industry. The motivation for doing so is obvious, though that does not make the challenge of improving diversity easier. With that in mind, we hope some of the voices in these articles can help inspire change. Thanks as always for reading, and stay well!

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Keeping Up With the Workplace
Black Americans need more representation in the financial advisory field. Read more >
Female Advisers Lead the Push for Greater Diversity
They believe that the role of advisers has become more holistic, making the profession more appealing and accessible. Read more >
Tackling the Industry’s Diversity and Inclusion Problem
Even though African Americans make up about 13% of the United States population, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports this group accounts for only about 7.6% of financial services professionals. Read more >
Inclusion, Diversity and the Noble Purpose of Advisers
The principal of financial adviser inclusion and diversity at Edward Jones reflects on her job leading the advisory company’s revamped diversity efforts—informed by her own first career as an adviser in the field. Read more >
Lessons from the Edward Jones Women’s Conference
Speakers and attendees at the event, which drew some 200 leading female advisers from across Edward Jones, emphasized the importance of mentorship and providing a robust support structure for new advisory professionals. Read more >
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Supreme Court Rules Against Northwestern University in Fee Case

The high court’s ruling states that the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals erred in relying on the fact that plaintiff-participants had the ‘ultimate choice’ over their investments to excuse allegedly imprudent decisions by the plan sponsor.

What the Supreme Court’s Northwestern Ruling Means in Practice
Expert ERISA attorneys say the new opinion in Hughes v. Northwestern University, while important, is far from earth-shattering when it comes to its likely impact on the pace or character of retirement plan fee litigation.
Class Certified in 401(k) Plan Trustees’ Lawsuit Against John Hancock

The suit alleges that John Hancock Life Insurance Co. violated ERISA by retaining foreign tax credits generated by plans’ investments under a group variable annuity contract.

Advisers Can Address Participant Savings Gaps With New Retirement Readiness Calculator

The tool was launched to bolster retirement planning resources and offer personalized support, customized solutions and best practices. 

 

Hub Expects Good Retirement Outcomes for American Workers

A solid retirement plan is essential for workers’ financial well-being and may be just as important as health benefits, the firm argues.

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