PLANADVISER Weekend Newsdash
Week ending January 15th, 2016
NOTE FROM THE EDITOR
Happy Friday, PLANADVISER readers! It was another jam-packed week for the advisory industry, marked by dramatic downswings in global equity markets. At the time of this writing the DJIA is down 450 points on the day—and -8% on the year—and crude oil is trading below $30 a barrel. Whatever the markets have in store, stick with www.PLANADVISER.com for the information you need to face volatility and uncertain markets head on. *Please note, there will be no news or mailings on Monday to mark the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.*
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A More Cautious Take on In-Plan Alternative Investments
Differing from the narrative of some providers, one researcher suggests the use of alternative investments may not expand that much further in the DC space. Read more >
What Comes Next for In-Plan ESG Investing?
From the headline-grabbing U.N. climate summit held in Paris to new DOL regulations on environmentally-minded investing by retirement plans, sustainability is clearly on the mind. How are providers responding? Read more >
Yet Another Year of Adviser Growth Sought
It’s not surprising that independent advisory business owners want to keep growing their practices in 2016, but their level of confidence in the face of volatility and unfavorable demographics is striking. Read more >
Awareness of Fee Levelization Is on the Rise
Charging retirement plan participants equitable fees is an issue that retirement plan advisers need to champion, experts say, because plan sponsors are largely unaware of the matter and service providers, particularly recordkeepers that receive revenue-sharing payments, are not very eager to address it. Read more >
State of the Union Underscores Health-Retirement Link
President Obama’s speech to the nation on Tuesday focused more on health care than retirement benefits—neither was a major discussion point—but there was still plenty of food for thought for the DC investment industry. Read more >
MOST POPULAR STORIES
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.
Stimulus Bill Extends Some Provisions of the CARES Act

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

Judge Finds Participant Data Is Not a Plan Asset in Case Against Fidelity

As part of an excessive fee lawsuit against Shell Oil, Fidelity was named as a defendant and accused of breaching its fiduciary duties by sharing participant data with affiliates for solicitation of other products.

Many Near-Retirees Don't Understand Social Security Benefits

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

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.
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