Focus On Target Date Funds: Comments On SEC’s Proposed Changes
On June 16, 2010, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) unanimously approved proposed rule amendments to enhance the information provided to target-date fund (TDF) investors.
The SEC proposals seek to clarify the "set it and forget it" marketing approach for target-date funds seen in the past. The rule changes proposed by the SEC are designed to help clarify the meaning of the date in a target-date fund. They would enable investors to better assess the anticipated investment glide path and risk profile of a target-date fund by, for example, requiring graphic depictions of asset allocations in fund advertisements. The rules also would require an asset allocation "tag line" adjacent to a target-date fund’s name in an advertisement.
As of early October, the SEC had not issued the final rule amendments. The 60-day comment period included comments submitted through September 7, 2010.continue
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Industry Conference Updates: The Standard Presents Marketing And Communication Strategies
The Standard was an exhibitor at two recent national industry conferences and was also represented on communications and marketing panels.
- 2010 PLANADVISER National Conference, Orlando, Sept 20-22, 2010. In the "Breaking it Down" session, panelists discussed how to connect with varied participant groups through targeted plan demographics. Sheri Fitts, Director of Communications and Large Plan Sales, The Standard, served as a panelist.
- The Center For Due Diligence 2010 Advisor Conference, Chicago, October 6-8, 2010. Sheri moderated a panel titled "The Intersection of Inbound Marketing, New Media, Sales & Compliance," that discussed how new media such as social networking and blogging offer low-cost opportunities for advisors to gain recognition, drive website traffic and generate sales.
To hear some of the insights presented, download an interview with Sheri, hosted by Tony DeMaio, Chairman & CEO, Big Media Broadcasting Company. For more marketing ideas and strategies, check out The Standard's Building Your Business webinar series, as well as our past presentations.
New Online Service Coming Soon
As a leading provider of employee benefits and retirement services, The Standard believes in empowering people to take control of their financial futures. To demonstrate our commitment, we’re bringing a new online service to customers later this fall called Adaptu that will make it easier for them to be actively involved in the financial decisions affecting their lives. Adaptu creates a comprehensive financial picture for people, helping them weigh the effects of life decisions on their overall financial well-being. To be one of the first to know when this free service has launched, visit the Coming Soon page www.adaptu.com.
ERISA 408(b)(2) Highlights, Impacts On RIAs And Next Steps
Unless you’re new to the industry, you’re aware that on Friday, July 16, 2010, the Department of Labor (DOL) published the long-awaited interim final regulation concerning ERISA 408(b)(2). This guidance is needed because ERISA 406(a)(1)(C) prohibits the furnishing of services between a plan and a party-in-interest. Section 4975 of the Internal Revenue Code has a similar prohibition; however, ERISA 408(b)(2) creates an "exemption" where:
- the contract or arrangement is "reasonable,"
- the services are necessary for the plan,
- and no more than reasonable compensation is paid.
The new regulation goes into detail about the definition of "reasonable service provider arrangements," who and what types of compensation are covered and the terms and disclosures required to avoid prohibited transactions. The effective date is July 16, 2011, for both new and existing arrangements.continue
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Timely Webinar Series
Next in our ongoing Building Your Business series, "Client Acquisition Strategies for the Busy Professional," on October 28 at 12 p.m. ET, presented by Kathie Nelson, Connectworks, author of "Networking for Busy People." Learn the secrets and practices of high-income, influential professionals and how to choose the highest payoff activities to achieve your goals.
Check out our events calendar and add the dates to your calendar or view a printable webinar schedule. You can also listen to past presentations, including "Capturing Rollovers and Cross-Selling," presented by Fred Reish of Reish & Reicher, LLC on October 12, 2010.