There was a LOT going on this year—and you rewarded our hard work in bringing you the latest news and trends by clicking, sharing, and occasionally commenting on our content. What were the top clicked stories of 2022?
Perhaps not surprisingly our industry accolades get a lot of (deserved) attention—and our #10 and #9 most-clicked stories of 2022 both fell into that category.
The tenth most clicked story was:
That’s right—and the teams on this year’s list guide nearly $2 trillion in defined contribution plan assets belonging to more than 56,000 plans covering nearly 28 million participants. Moreover, each team listed—and to be here they are all in a single physical location—has more than $100 million in AUA, based on self-reported assets under advisement as of Dec. 31, 2021, unless otherwise noted. Ironically, in a year when consolidation took some individual teams from this list, new ones more than filled that void. Indeed, there were a record (300+) teams listed this year!
The ninth-most clicked story was:
We created the NAPA Top Women Advisors accolade in 2015 to acknowledge the contributions of a growing number of women who are making significant contributions to the retirement industry, as well as bringing excellence to the profession. This year, as in years past, nominees—more than 500 of them—were asked to respond to a series of questions, both quantitative and qualitative, about their experience and practice, as well as their accomplishments, their contributions to the industry, the state of workplace retirement plans, and in what way(s) they “give back.” It was, again—a great list of great advisors—and deserving of the attention it drew from readers.
Another popular category with readers—particularly this year—was legislation. In fact, three of the year’s top 10 clicked stories fell into that category, including the eighth-most clicked story, which was:
A couple of months after the House of Representatives passed what came to be called SECURE 2.0, the Senate Finance Committee (on June 17) released the Enhancing American Retirement Now (EARN) Act, its counterpart to the House-passed SECURE 2.0—a massive piece of legislation that includes a number of key provisions supported by the American Retirement Association.
And speaking of SECURE 2.0, the sixth-most clicked story of 2022 was:
The Securing a Strong Retirement Act of 2022 (H.R. 2954)—a.k.a. SECURE Act 2.0—was approved by a 414-5 margin. The bill had such strong bipartisan support that it was approved via the House Suspension Calendar, which requires a two-thirds majority for approval.
Farewell to a Friend
It was SO hard to start writing, but once started, the words describing John Carl’s untimely and unexpected passing in April just flowed. I’d known John for nearly two decades—partnered with him on the development and delivery of the PLANSPONSOR Retirement Professional credential at a time when such things were still pretty rare. I described John as a force of nature—an entrepreneur’s entrepreneur—and the clicks this post garnered gave testament to his impact on this industry and our readers—in a myriad of amazing and selfless ways. Gone too soon indeed.
Tomorrow—more top clicks!