PLANADVISER Weekend Newsdash
Week ending January 8th, 2016
NOTE FROM THE EDITOR
Happy Friday, PLANADVISER readers. It may be a new calendar year, but the professionals running retirement plans are still concerned with the same serious fiduciary risks that have long-troubled the 401(k) industry. They’re also facing renewed rounds of market volatility and a global economic picture that has many worried about what comes next. Whatever happens in 2016, stick with www.PLANADVISER.com for the latest news and breaking information.
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'Largely Unpredictable' Which Clients Could be Sued by Participants
One attorney specializing in ERISA litigation suggests the pace of lawsuits has increased fairly substantially in the last year, with signs of even more momentum in 2016. Even more concerning, he says, “there’s no plan design panacea that will prevent all possible challenges. It’s unpredictable who will get sued.” Read more >
Bob Doll Peers Into His Crystal Ball for 2016
Recent equity price swings aside, Bob Doll predicts the economy will keep on muddling through in 2016; investors will have to jump some hurdles, but there is still room for optimism. Read more >
A New Look at Social Security Income Replacement Rates
The Congressional Budget Office has performed a new analysis of pre-retirement income replacement rates limited to workers’ “last five years of substantial earnings, adjusted for growth in prices.” Not as grim as other analyses, the report still shows many will have to save much more for a comfortable retirement.  Read more >
PPA Vision of More Informed Investors Has Progressed
A short series of papers published by Vanguard shows knowledge of investing principles and fund features directly impacts the likelihood of investing success, even in product categories designed to put most decisionmaking in the hands of professionals. Read more >
Clients Will See Little Effect from SEC Liquidity Risk Efforts
The agency explains that it is proposing a new rule 22e–4 under the Investment Company Act, which would require mutual funds to establish liquidity risk management programs. Read more >
MOST POPULAR STORIES
Stimulus Bill Extends Some Provisions of the CARES Act

It also provides a way for retirement plan sponsors to avoid a partial plan termination.

Coronavirus Hardship Withdrawals, Taxes and Your Retirement Plan Clients
Coronavirus-related withdrawals made in 2020 were a financial lifeline for some, but they could also turn into a major tax headache for others.
Once They Catch On, PEPs Could Grow Exponentially
The current hesitancy over how they will take shape will be overcome by appreciation among advisers and sponsors alike at the prospect of expanding retirement coverage, sources say.
Warn Your Clients: Don’t Abuse Coronavirus Hardship Withdrawals
Though retirement plans can allow individuals to self-certify that they qualify for a penalty-free coronavirus-related distribution, should the IRS discover otherwise during a future audit, a participant can be subject to substantial penalties.
Many Near-Retirees Don't Understand Social Security Benefits

More than one-third failed a basic Social Security quiz administered by MassMutual.

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