PLANADVISER Weekend Newsdash
Week ending February 5th, 2016
NOTE FROM THE EDITOR
Happy Friday PLANADVISER readers! This week’s editor’s choice kicks off with some lighter fare—a look at star quarterback Payton Manning’s own imminent retirement and the health of NFL players' pension plan. The plan, like many sponsored by private employers in the U.S., is struggling with a low funded status and other challenges. The week gone by also had plenty of news related to the DOL's forthcoming fiduciary rule and the wider regulatory and market environment marked by stubborn bouts of volatility.
Editor's choice
A Look at Retirement Benefits for NFL Players
Word is this Super Bowl will be Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning’s last game before retiring. Read more >
Rep-as-Portfolio Manager Approach Keeps on Growing
The adviser-as-portfolio manager approach to client service can be a real differentiator, but it can also hamper a firm with significant liability and serious amounts of legwork. Read more >
Beware of ‘Partial’ TDF Users
Even otherwise knowledgeable users of target-date funds seem not to fully understand the diversification benefits of TDFs, leading to the harmful behavior of “partial TDF use.” Read more >
Institutional Investors See First Losing Year Since Financial Crisis
Institutional assets tracked by the Wilshire Trust Universe Comparison Service, saw the first negative calendar year since the financial crisis, with a median return of -0.17%. Read more >
Now Is the Time to Review In-Plan Income with Plan Sponsor Clients
IRIC finds plan sponsors that have not recently revisited an in-plan income  solution will be more inclined to do so in 2016 “since the landscape is very fluid and new solutions appear often.” 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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