PLANADVISER Weekend Newsdash
Week ending January 25th, 2019

Happy Friday, readers! In this weekend’s newsletter we put a spotlight on the latest print edition of PLANADVISER Magazine. The issue features timely coverage of compliance matters, investment trends and client service strategies. In addition, top ERISA attorneys offer analysis of important regulations and court cases. We hope you will share some of what you read with a client or colleague.

Editor's choice
Cover Story: Smart Design
Striking the right balance between client service and profitability is more of an art form than a science, but it is an important exercise for every retirement plan advisory practice to utilize. Blue Prairie Group LLC took a deep look into this issue last year, tracking how many hours the team spent working on each client’s plan, who did what, as well as rating the difficulty of working with each client. Read more >
The SEC on Rollovers
The SEC says that an RIA is a fiduciary with duties of loyalty and care. That applies to all advice, including recommendations to take money out of a plan and roll it into an IRA with the adviser. To satisfy the duty of loyalty, the RIA must disclose conflicts of interest, including conflicts resulting from rollover recommendations. To satisfy the duty of care, the RIA should have policies and procedures for rollover recommendations that support the collection and evaluation of relevant information about the plan and proposed IRA and the assessment of whether the rollover aligns with the client’s profile. Read more >
Compliance News
The IRS has announced cost of living adjustments affecting dollar limitations for pension plans and other retirement-related items for tax year 2019. Read more >
Retirement Income Options
From his seat on the Institutional Retirement Income Council (IRIC), John Pickett sees what he calls “the next frontier of the DC [defined contribution] business”: systematic distribution for participants from the retirement plan. And, as with automatic plan design, advisers are in a key position to urge plan sponsors to embrace it. Read more >
R-6 Share Classes Hit $1.5T
The zero/zero class has grown 15% since last year. Read more >
Addressing Participant Concerns
If a sponsor does not respond, it could risk a civil and/or DOL lawsuit. Read more >
Weathering Audits
The DOL has extended the scope of its examinations. What should plan advisers know about these audits, and how can they help a client that needs to undergo one? 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.
A New World and New Opportunities for Alpha
Pandemic-driven volatility has once again highlighted the relative virtues of active and passive management.
2020 Required Amendments List Published by IRS

The two items that may require an amendment relate to difficulty of care payments treated as compensation for 415 limits, and the application of cooperative and small employer charity pension plan rules.

OMB Has Received a Final Fiduciary Rule From DOL

The sense of déjà vu associated with the filing of a finalized fiduciary rule by the Department of Labor is palpable, but one ERISA expert says this version could actually stick—for good—despite the pending change in administration.

Financial Wellness Programs in Greater Demand During COVID-19

Prudential survey finds employees were looking for financial advice and emergency assistance.

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