Welcome to this week’s edition of 401(k) Real Talk, where Fred Barstein, contributing editor for’s RPA Edge, reviews all of last week’s industry news and selects the five most important/interesting stories: 

    1. ESG Rule finalized – now what?
    2. Another indy b/d investing in their own reps
    3. Has the RIA M&A market cooled off?
    4. Financial wellness providers shutters doors leaving account holders in lurch
    5. Paychex SVP explains how to leverage the growing explosion of small plans

    Other interesting news:

    1. Will wealth advisors ever get interested in 401(k) plans?
    2. Loans and hardship withdrawals rising
    3. Record keeper consolidation to drop in proprietary funds
    4. 401(k) balances take a huge hit
    5. Schlichter firm sued by former partner

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