Week of December 16, 2016
NOTE FROM THE EDITOR
Happy Friday, readers! With this being one of the last weekend mailings we’ll bring to you in 2016, we thought it was important to highlight what really matters most in the advisory business—serving clients well. At a time of fiduciary and market evolution, keeping the client’s interests front and center will no doubt pay dividends. Compiled below are some recent articles on doing just that. 
EDITOR'S CHOICE
Laser Focus on Clients Pays Off
Advisers who concentrate on their clients’ interfaces have the fastest growing firms. 
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Managing Partner Study Groups Circulate Best Practices
What does the client need? What are the tools and things you provide the client? How do you manage a committee from a fiduciary standpoint? These are all crucial points of discussion within and among advisory firms. 
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Providers Recognizing Need for Better Retirement Communications
Retirement plan provider firms have made signification additions or improvements to their retirement readiness tools, and recent digital innovations include responsive design.
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Social Media Boosting Client-Adviser Relationships
Although several regulations still limit use of social media in retirement planning and the wider financial-services industry, many advisers are finding that platforms like Facebook and Twitter are becoming excellent tools for building client relationships.  
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Investment Industry Must Double Down on Fairness and Transparency
In the retirement planning and investment industry of the near- and long-term future, providers’ motivations will play a deep role in determining success.
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MOST POPULAR STORIES
Compliance
Lawmaker Introduces Act to Shore Up Social Security
The bill would ensure benefits keep up with changes in the economy by using a more accurate measure of inflation for the annual cost-of-living-adjustment, among other things.
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Data and Research
Fiduciary Rule May Push Advisers Out of DC Business
As implementation of the DOL’s fiduciary rule approaches, advisers may have to choose between remaining in the DC business and pursuing traditional wealth management.
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Data and Research
Broker/Dealer Evolution Ahead of Fiduciary Rule
Broker/dealers with less than $10 billion in assets account for a significant majority of overall industry volume but less than 10% of adviser-managed assets, according to data shared by Cerulli Associates. 
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Compliance
Future of the Fiduciary Rule Under New DOL Secretary
Donald Trump has nominated an outspoken critic of federal government regulation as DOL secretary, placing more uncertainty on the future of the fiduciary rule, according to some observers. 
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Compliance
Consultants Reflect on Fiduciary Rule Progress
Consultants from Grant Thornton suggest they have already seen strong business impacts coming out of the DOL fiduciary rule. 
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Editorial: Alison Cooke Mintzer alison.mintzer@strategic-i.com
Advertising: Paul Zampitella paul.zampitella@strategic-i.com
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