PLANADVISER Weekend Newsdash
Week ending May 29th, 2020

Greetings loyal readers! Here at PLANADVISER Magazine, we are lucky to receive a regular flow of guest bylines written by some of the leading attorneys and executives in the retirement plan services industry. Appearing both in print and online, these guest articles are a fantastic complement to our normal editorial coverage. Collected below are some of our most recent guest bylines. We hope you find them helpful and consider sharing some of what you read with a client or colleague. Stay well!

Editor's choice
Financial Wellness in the Age of Pandemics
Pandemics are not only a public health crisis, but also a crisis of employee confidence. Tech-savvy advisers and employers can help. Read more >
Be Stronger in the Recovery
Todd Kading, president and co-founder of LeafHouse Financial, discusses the importance of flexibility and innovation when the tough times arrive. Read more >
Planning for Clients’ Health Care Expenses in Event of a Layoff
Mark Waterstraat, president of consumer solutions at Alegeus, offers simple steps to coach clients through managing their health care finances after a layoff. For example, did you know that individuals can use HSA funds to pay COBRA premiums tax-free? Read more >
On Small Plans and Large
Any size plan could be a target for fee litigation. Read more >
New Obligation to the SEC
The Form CRS disclosure obligation will be triggered when you provide rollover advice to an individual who comes to you as a retail investor. There are two disclosures for rollovers. One is for new clients and the other is for existing clients, each with specific delivery requirements. Read more >
A New Way to Think About Building a Retirement Planning Practice
In my experience, advisers who sell start-up 401(k) plans close 3% to 6% of the time. Sometimes, the employer chooses a competitor. More often, the employer does nothing because a 401(k) plan is not a good fit for the business. Perhaps the business is too small, or the plan is too expensive. Read more >
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Three New ERISA Lawsuits Bash Actively Managed TDFs

Three new lawsuits question the offering of actively managed target-date funds to retirement plan participants.

DOL’s New Proposed Fiduciary Rule Aligns With Reg BI, NAIC Suitability

Multiple national-level conflict of interest rules are now aligned that will require financial professionals to act in the best interest of consumers.

Despite DOL’s Proposed Tightening, ESG Can Still Shine

It is not all doom and gloom for plan sponsors and participants who want these investments. Here’s what advisers should know about the new rules proposed by the Department of Labor (DOL). 

Attorneys Offer Closer Reading of DOL’s Open MEP RFI

Advisers and broker/dealers hoping to work with open multiple employer plans now have a short window to offer their perspectives to the Department of Labor and the Internal Revenue Service.

Estee Lauder Faces 401(k) Plan Excessive Fee Lawsuit

The lawsuit argues that while the TDFs in the plan are CITs, they are private label CITs with much higher expense ratios than the typical CITs offered by JPMorgan.

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