Week of January 13, 2017
NOTE FROM THE EDITOR
In addition to our daily news coverage published online and our bimonthly print edition, PLANADVISER regularly releases original research examining various aspects of the retirement specialist advice market. Collected below is a list of our most recent research reports, including the Practice Benchmarking Survey, the DCIO Survey, the Recordkeeper Services Guide and the Retirement Plan Adviser Survey. Each report is designed to provide actionable insight and a deeper understanding of the retirement advisory business. 
EDITOR'S CHOICE
PLANADVISER Practice Benchmarking Survey
The 2016 PLANADVISER Practice Benchmarking Survey gives you a guidepost to see how you compare with your peers. Although the industry often talks about moving away from focusing on just the “three Fs”—funds, fees and fiduciaries—two of those still lead many conversations.
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PLANADVISER Defined Contribution Investment Only Survey
In the first three years after debuting the PLANADVISER Defined Contribution Investment Only Survey, in 2012, investment managers reported fairly strong increases in assets each year. This trend changed in 2015, however, as the assets of the 38 participating DCIO investment managers remained practically flat, with an increase of just $13.9 billion (0.4%) to end the year with a total of $3.1 trillion in assets.
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PLANADVISER Recordkeeper Services Guide
Retirement plan advisers may often find themselves in the role of matchmaker—working with a defined contribution client to determine which investments and platforms or providers are the best fit. To be in a top position to guide the client, an adviser must keep abreast of the provider community, so as to stay current on what products and services are available to suit each client’s needs.
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PLANADVISER Retirement Plan Adviser Survey
Although educating participants and helping plan sponsors craft the best possible plan design for their company may be two of the most important functions of a retirement plan adviser, aiding sponsors in their selection of investment options, not to mention the most appropriate recordkeeper for their plan, certainly are two other critical functions. 
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MOST POPULAR STORIES
Compliance
GOP Lawmakers Introduce Measure to Halt DOL Fiduciary Rule
The legislation aimed at delaying implementation of thousands of pages of DOL fiduciary rule language could fit in a handful of tweets.
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Practice Management
Fidelity Sees Increased Focus on Wellness and Retirement Income
The company also predicts continued changes in adviser fee models and stricter requirements for DC plan loans.
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Deals and People
Retirement Industry People Moves
Lincoln Investment Capital Holdings Purchases Legend Group Holdings; Morgan Lewis Extends Employee Benefits Services with Three New Partners; AllianzGI Acquires Sound Harbor Partners; and more
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Compliance
SEC Offers Guidance on DOL Fiduciary Rule Compliance
Since the DOL conflict of interest rule’s publication, mutual fund providers and their adviser-intermediaries have also been asking the SEC extensive questions about sales loads, fee schedules, etc. 
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Compliance
Prudent Default Can Include Lifetime Income Elements: DOL
An investment with lifetime income elements can be a prudent default investment option in DC plans, even if not a QDIA, the DOL said in an information letter.
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Editorial: Alison Cooke Mintzer alison.mintzer@strategic-i.com
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