PLANADVISER Weekend Newsdash
Week ending January 22nd, 2016
NOTE FROM THE EDITOR
Happy Friday, PLANADVISER readers. It was a short work week for many of us, but that didn’t cut down on the flow of important industry news. Yet another major recordkeeping provider was targeted in a 401(k)-related lawsuit, and the equity markets offered up daily tests of long-term investors' resolve. Below you’ll find our top-clicked articles for the week and other curated content to prepare for whatever comes next.
Editor's choice
Risk Reminders for a Volatile Period
Managing director of AB’s alternatives and multi-asset arm offers helpful reminders amid rocky markets—most notably, that volatility is normal and actually a key source of opportunity. Read more >
DC Plan Stats Show Effect of PPA
The Pension Protection Act turns 10 this year—and it’s been quite a decade. PPA set the stage for wide adoption of automatic features in DC plans and made Roth contributions permanently available for DC plan participants, among other fundamental changes in the DC and DB retirement systems.  Read more >
Supreme Court’s ‘Montanile’ Decision Makes Waves
The U.S. Supreme Court case Montanile v. Board of Trustees of the National Elevator Industry Health Benefit Plan did not gain much attention before reaching the top federal court, but now that the case has been decided, ERISA attorneys are warning of significant potential impacts. Read more >
ICI Wants DOL Study of ‘Retirement Participant Safety’
Joining a chorus of other providers and industry organizations, the Investment Company Institute this week raised a number of issues with the DOL’s support of a state-run retirement system for private sector workers.  Read more >
10 Companies to Receive 2015 PLANADVISER Adviser Choice Awards
PLANADVISER this week announced the winners of the second annual Advisers Choice Awards, to be handed out at the annual PLANSPONSOR/PLANADVISER Awards for Excellence dinner March 31. Read more >
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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.
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.

The Most Common Retirement Plan Testing Mistakes

By alerting plan sponsors to the issues they see most often, advisers can help their clients navigate IRS testing rules.

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