David Armstrong

Managing Editor,
Penton Media
The Fine Lines of the Fiduciary Rule
The new rules stretch to over 1,000 pages, but there is still a lot of mud. A panel of attorneys at NAPA’s conference Monday discussed a few areas where no one is yet sure what compliance looks like.
Are Low 401(k) Participation Rates the Advisor’s Fault? 1
Lecturing employees to save more in their plan doesn’t help. Incentivizing them does.
Is Your Client Stepping Out?
Plan sponsors are not nearly as monogamous as advisors would like to believe, according to research presented at the National Association of Plan Advisors’ annual convention Monday. But they’re not looking for technical expertise, just someone who will listen.
Robos in Retirement
It’s data integration, not investment algorithms, that are the real value of robo platforms for retirement plans, argued a Fidelity executive at NAPA’s annual conference Sunday.
Fiduciary Rule Takes Center Stage in Nashville
Leaders of the National Association of Plan Advisors opened the group’s annual conference Sunday with a muted victory lap over changes to the Department of Labor’s new fiduciary rule.
Editor’s Letter: April 2016
How do we attract more women to the industry, and in doing so can we attract more female investors?
Did the DOL Gut the Fiduciary Rule, or Save It? 3
Critics contend the Department of Labor capitulated to industry interests; others see a giant first step in a long march toward reform.
DOL Releases Final Fiduciary Rule 5
Department of Labor Sec. Thomas Perez says “extensive feedback” from industry led to changes in the rule to “minimize” compliance burden, ease the sale of proprietary products and back off from stricter fee disclosures, all while still protecting consumers from conflicted advice.
Editor’s Letter: March 2016
Trust is the vital element in financial services—there is no other single factor that breathes as much life into the whole system.
Eurasia’s Bremmer: Emerging Market “Basket Cases”
Ian Bremmer, the president of the consultancy Eurasia Group had a dour assessment of the state of the world at the TD Ameritrade National LINC 2016 conference.
Lazy Alpha
Blackrock’s Andrew Ang on the persistence of “smart beta” strategies.
Editor's Letter: February 2016
For most investors with a 10-year plus horizon, the trend toward simple, passive index investing, at least for core positions, is irrefutable.
Are Storm Clouds Gathering Over ETFs?
Two ETF analysts on what worries them about the rise of exchange-traded funds, including increased regulations over perceived liquidity concerns, broken markets and leveraged funds.
Vanguard CEO: Advisors Need to Adapt
Advisors can’t compete on investment management; they should be generating “alpha” outside of security selection, McNabb says.
The Fed’s Misstep
DoubleLine’s Jeffrey Gundlach thinks the Fed will regret its rate hike in December, and will have to dial back expectations for more increases this year as the economy worsens.
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