PLANADVISER Weekend Newsdash
Week ending January 17th, 2020

Happy Friday, readers! This weekend’s mailing offers a mix of stories on the ever-important topic of client service. Increasingly, clients are calling on their advisers to provide support and education on such challenging topics as Social Security, intergenerational wealth transfers, retirement income and dealing with market volatility. We hope you share some of what you read about these important topics with a client or colleague.

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Social Security Benefits to Rise 1.6% in 2020
Social Security is a big part of retirement income planning for employees. Read more >
Plugging the Leak: Uncashed Distribution Checks
Drip… drip… drip. The slow drip of defined contribution plan leakage continues. Read more >
Preventing Financial Abuse of Aging Clients
Retirement plan advisers do more than help shape their retired clients’ finances; they can and indeed must play a part in making sure their clients are treated equitably. Read more >
Business Owners Dream (Wrongly) of an Easy Retirement Transition
Business owners believe strongly in the value of their businesses, so they are often tempted to reinvest everything into the enterprise, thinking that will be their “retirement plan.” Read more >
The Positive Impact of Claiming Social Security Later
The Center for Retirement Research says the reduction for claiming early is currently too large while the increase for claiming late is about right. Read more >
Retirement Income Coming Soon to a 401(k) Near You
Experts believe that in the next few years, DC plan sponsors will embrace this option. Read more >
MOST POPULAR STORIES
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.
What Biden’s Win Means for Retirement Plans

Experts say the president-elect could start the process of shoring up Social Security and embrace ESG investing.

A Strong Appetite for ‘SECURE Act 2.0’ in Congress

One retirement plan industry executive says his conversations with members of the U.S. House and Senate make him optimistic that Congress could act sooner rather than later on the new legislation.

New Life Expectancy Tables Will Decrease RMDs

The IRS has issued final regulations on mortality tables to be used for calculating required minimum distributions, which reflect longer life expectancies.

A New World and New Opportunities for Alpha
Pandemic-driven volatility has once again highlighted the relative virtues of active and passive management.
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