Industry Trends and Research

Industry Trends and Research covers significant research and trends affecting the advisor-sold retirement market. Overarching issues and major research initiatives are reviewed, posted and discussed by thought-leading institutions and industry publications.




Industry Trends & Research

By NTSA Net Staff3/22/2016 • 0 Comments

Despite taking a beating during a tumultuous period in the markets, America’s retirement confidence proved to be resilient, if not its level of preparation. READ MORE

By NTSA Net Staff3/21/2016 • 0 Comments

The impending release of the Department of Labor’s (DOL) fiduciary rule could spur the development and use of new technology, as well as fresh oversight of the technology intended to help with compliance. READ MORE

By NTSA Net Staff3/17/2016 • 0 Comments

There’s still a sense of optimism among investors concerning retirement plans and savings, but it’s not as robust as it was a year ago, says a report by Wells Fargo and Gallup. READ MORE

By Andrew Remo3/11/2016 • 0 Comments

The Connecticut Retirement Security Board has introduced legislation that creates a state-run plan for the private sector and would force employers that already have retirement plans in place to enroll workers who do not have to be covered under ERISA in the state-run program. READ MORE

By NTSA Net Staff3/10/2016 • 0 Comments

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) may have intended to help individuals understand the impact of their timing decision on Social Security, but a couple of Republican senators say it is providing “inaccurate and misleading” information. READ MORE

By NTSA Net Staff3/9/2016 • 0 Comments

The Department of Labor is planning to study how retirement planning strategies and decisions evolve — and it would like to know what you think about the effort. READ MORE

By NTSA Net Staff3/3/2016 • 0 Comments

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) is conducting an inquiry to find out how broker-dealers establish and apply their cultural values and those values guide firms’ business conduct. READ MORE

By NTSA Net Staff2/17/2016 • 0 Comments

Michael Kitces in “How a More Regular Client Meeting Schedule Enhances Advisor Productivity and Business Growth” posits that setting regular client meetings and actively controlling schedules can pay dividends for an advisor's business and service to clients. READ MORE

By NTSA Net Staff2/10/2016 • 0 Comments

Increased longevity is good news, but for pension plans it creates more stress — it spells greater drain and heightens the likelihood that plans will pay benefits for a longer period.


By NTSA Net Staff2/5/2016 • 0 Comments

Many state and local pension plans have poor funding ratios in varying degrees of severity, and that has been exacerbated by the effect of a variety of economic factors on their 2015 investment returns.

By NTSA Net Staff2/4/2016 • 0 Comments

Generation X — long overlooked as a generational “middle child” between Boomers and Millennials — is waking up to the realities of retirement savings, according to a new report. READ MORE

By NTSA Net Staff1/29/2016 • 0 Comments

A study conducted in 2015 concludes that the retirement system serving New York City, which had assets of $162.9 billion as of June 30, 2015, needs a variety of additional resources. READ MORE

By NTSA Net Staff1/27/2016 • 0 Comments

New Jersey’s retirement system could suffer even more if the state Supreme Court strikes down a 2011 law that froze pension benefits, Moody’s warned on Jan. 20. It’s not the first time in the last three months that Moody’s has had sobering analyses for the Garden State. READ MORE

By NTSA Net Staff1/26/2016 • 0 Comments

The point has often been made that retirement plan tax “preferences” are a deferral of taxes, not a deduction — and now the Congressional Budget Office has estimated that impact on the nation’s Gross Domestic Product. READ MORE

By NTSA Net Staff1/25/2016 • 0 Comments

A new survey finds an impressive retirement preparations gap among those who use the services of a financial advisor. READ MORE

By NTSA Net Staff1/20/2016 • 0 Comments

A recent study suggests that the principle location, location, location that applies to real estate also may apply to retirement plan access. READ MORE

By NTSA Net Staff1/13/2016 • 0 Comments

Plan sponsors are more likely to work with an advisor who offers a specific value proposition of capabilities and services, something few advisors articulate, according to new research from MassMutual. READ MORE

By NTSA Net Staff12/22/2015 • 0 Comments

Smaller plans are frequently resource- and expertise-constrained when it comes to their workplace retirement plans, but a new survey indicates that they are less likely to do the things they should be doing — and less likely to get help from advisors to do them. READ MORE

By NTSA Net Staff12/21/2015 • 0 Comments

A new study about RIA firms looks at a variety of factors, including internal succession, who holds equity and when owners plan to exit the business. READ MORE

By NTSA Net Staff12/17/2015 • 0 Comments

It’s the time of year when Santa — and those who work with 403(b) plans — are making their end-of-year lists — and checking them twice. To that end, the lawyers at Snell & Wilmer have prepared a end-of-year “to do” list for 403(b) plans.

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