PLANADVISER Weekend Newsdash
Week ending February 15th, 2019

Happy Friday, readers! DC retirement plan participants all have different longevity expectations, different beliefs about how they would like to live in retirement, and different conclusions about how to weigh longevity risk versus the risk of under-consumption. These are just a few of the factors that make planning for the spending phase of the retirement plan saving/investing effort quite complicated. Collected below are recent articles examining different sides of the “decumulation challenge.” We hope you will share some of what you read with a client or colleague.

Income in Retirement
Advisers, Providers and Sponsors View In-Plan Income Differently
According to Cerulli research, the various parties involved in the implementation of an in-plan retirement income solution are often not on the same page about basic terminology and definitions. Read more >
SEC Considers New Annuity and Life Insurance Summary Disclosures
The proposal is intended to help investors better understand these contracts’ features, fees and risks, and to more easily find the information needed to make an informed investment decision. Read more >
Experts Probe Potential Signs of Variable Annuity Sales Recovery
Variable annuities continue to face challenges in the wake of transaction processing disruptions caused by the now-vacated DOL fiduciary rule; however, experts anticipate sales to recover as business processes normalize and newer product types come to market. Read more >
Advisers Play a Key Role in Estimating Monthly Income in Retirement
Nearly all of those who work with an adviser feel they have prepared themselves well for estimating their monthly income needs in retirement, Voya Financial learned in a survey. Read more >
Compare and Contrast: Income Annuities and Savings Contracts
Based on the results of a new CANNEX study, advisers who are looking to provide clients with guaranteed income should seriously consider both income annuities and savings annuity contracts that offer GLWBs. Read more >
Offering Annuities in DC Plans Doesn't Have to Be Scary
There have already been regulations to address DC plan sponsors’ concerns about adding retirement income products to their plan, and Angela Winingham, with MetLife, said she thinks there will be a continuation of that. 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.

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.
Practice Management: Areas of Success

A look at what worked particularly well in 2020 and that could keep propelling growth in 2021.

SECURE Act and CARES Act Still Demand Client Diligence

As an example, if a plan sponsor has not yet started tracking part-time employees to see whether they accumulate 500 hours of service in 2021, they should begin doing so immediately.

Why Annuities Are So Helpful in Today’s Market Environment

Thanks to increases in longevity and lower expected returns from stocks and bonds in the foreseeable future, annuities are now seen as a big part of the solution.

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