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
New York City Council Approves Auto-Enroll IRA Program

The proposal creates a mandatory automatic enrollment individual retirement account program for employers that do not offer a retirement plan and employ at least five people.

‘SECURE Act 2.0’ Appears Ready to Clear Committee

Sources say the House Ways and Means Committee will likely vote to advance the Securing a Strong Retirement Act of 2021, often called a follow-up to the SECURE Act, as soon as tomorrow afternoon.

Stimulus Bill Extends Some Provisions of the CARES Act

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

DOL Investigation Lessons Learned From Long Experience

Drawing on their collective decades of experience working inside and outside the DOL, a panel of expert ERISA attorneys convened this week by Faegre Drinker had a lot of timely lessons to share regarding investigations of investment advisers.

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.
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