PLANADVISER Weekend Newsdash
Week ending February 7th, 2020

Happy Friday, readers! Managing a retirement planning practice means balancing priorities and budgeting time. Sometimes the focus is on selling and business development. Other times, client service comes to the fore, or it becomes necessary to take a step back and reconsider one’s strategic perspective. Collected below is a series of helpful and timely articles that can help your practice move ahead efficiently and effectively in 2020. We hope you share some of what you read with a client or colleague.

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More Advisers Look for Co-Fiduciary Support from their B/Ds
A look at the results of the PLANADVISER Practice Benchmarking Survey between 2011 and 2019, showing some areas of significant evolution in the way advisers build and run their practices.  Read more >
Fee Compression Is Old News for Recordkeepers, Fund Managers
Fee compression hit recordkeepers first, then asset managers. Advisers are next, experts agree, but they can learn some important lessons from their service provider partners. Read more >
The Foundations of Good Practice Management
As retirement plan adviser specialists draw up their business plans for 2020, the vast majority are planning for growth.  Read more >
M&A Mechanics: What to Know Before Selling or Buying
How is an advisory practice’s value measured? What determines the revenue measurement—or the multiple? Read more >
Ready for a New Market?
Nonprofits and other sponsors of 403(b) plans need the fiduciary and investment expertise of specialist retirement plan advisers. 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.
Many Near-Retirees Don't Understand Social Security Benefits

More than one-third failed a basic Social Security quiz administered by MassMutual.

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.
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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