PLANADVISER Weekend Newsdash
Week ending February 26th, 2016
NOTE FROM THE EDITOR
Happy Friday, PLANADVISER readers. In this week’s roundup we examine some critical emerging issues in retirement plan communications and education, leading us to the question, what have you done to ensure plan participants understand the real value and power of their employers’ benefits packages? And on the other hand, how much time have you spent learning what clients' employees want and need from their retirement plans?
Editor's choice
Participants and Plan Sponsors Part Ways on Assessing Readiness
Nearly six in 10 retirement plan sponsors say the majority of their participants are saving enough to retire with the income they will need, according to BlackRock’s DC Pulse Survey. But only 28% of the participants surveyed are confident they are saving enough. Where’s the disconnect?  Read more >
Boosting Participants’ Grasp of Benefits Starts With Better Delivery
The reason employers say understanding of benefits is so low? Most participants do not open or read even the basic explanatory materials, say up to 80% of plan sponsoring organizations. Nearly a third of companies said their participants do not perceive value in their benefits. Read more >
How Reliable Are Common Retirement Planning Tools?
Common retirement questions—Will I be able to retire? Do I have enough to retire? Will I run out of money in retirement?—naturally lead to one overarching question: How do I find the correct answer to these fundamental questions? Read more >
Is Retirement Saving Really Crowded Out by Other Priorities?
LIMRA Secure Retirement Institute found consumers who save for retirement are actually more likely to save for other goals, challenging the notion that retirement savings are often crowded out by other savings priorities or short-term spending.  Read more >
PLANADVISER Micro Plan Survey: Universal Opportunity
Perhaps one of the most telling findings from the 2015 PLANADVISER Micro Plan Survey is the increase in the number of retirement plans that work with an adviser and have $5 million or less in plan assets. Also striking, a very solid 74.2% of advisers say they are currently providing some level of one-on-one participant education.  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.
Once They Catch On, PEPs Could Grow Exponentially
The current hesitancy over how they will take shape will be overcome by appreciation among advisers and sponsors alike at the prospect of expanding retirement coverage, sources say.
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.

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