SURVEY SAYS: Keeping Up to Date in the Industry

Our PLANSPONSOR National Conference is coming soon.

By Rebecca Moore | May 22, 2017
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Last week, I asked NewsDash readers, “What live events do you use to keep up to date in the industry?”

More than half (51.7%) of respondents work in a plan sponsor role, more than one-third (34.5%) are TPAs/recordkeepers/investment managers, and 13.8% are advisers/consultants.

Respondents use all types of live events to keep up with the industry, with 62.1% each choosing webcasts sponsored by industry associations and webcasts sponsored by the IRS or DOL. Nearly two-thirds (65.5%) selected conferences sponsored by industry associations, and more than half (58.6%) selected webcasts sponsored by providers.

More live events were chosen as follows:

  • webcasts sponsored by publications – 48.3%;
  • conferences sponsored by providers – 27.6%;
  • conferences sponsored by publications – 20.7%;
  • seminars sponsored by the IRS or DOL – 13.8%;
  • training programs – 13.8%; and
  • designation programs – 41.4%.

“Other” responses included monthly/quarterly meetings by industry association chapters and webcasts & meetings by consultants, captive user group, IEBA.

In verbatim responses, several readers pointed out that time and cost can be barriers to attending live events. So, several indicated they use articles and newsletters (such as NewsDash) to keep up to date with the industry. Editor’s Choice goes to the reader who said, “Keep up the good work; the first thing I read every day is NewsDash.” 

Thanks to all who participated in the survey!

More information about the PLANSPONSOR National Conference, including how to register is here.