PLANADVISER Weekend Newsdash
Week ending March 1st, 2019

Happy Friday, readers! Retirement plan industry experts agree DC plans are well positioned to significantly add to Americans’ financial security by adopting retirement income solutions that are currently available in the market. So why aren’t in-plan guaranteed income solutions widely embraced? As explored in the articles below, a big part of the problem is fiduciary concern, but there are other hurdles having to do with excessive jargon and a lack of deep understanding among plan sponsors about exactly what the relevant regulations require.

Income in Retirement
Bipartisan Bill Introduced to Create ERISA Annuity Safe Harbor
Two members of the U.S. House of Representatives, one a Democrat and the other a Republican, have introduced H.R. 1439, known as the Increasing Access to a Secure Retirement Act. Read more >
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 >
Leveraging the Popularity of TDFs to Provide Retirement Income
In a Q&A with BlackRock Managing Director Anne Ackerley, PLANADVISER hears about emerging opportunities to deliver retirement income solutions to DC plan participants, including through TDFs.   Read more >
Don’t Run Out of Money, Have a Retirement Income Plan
In a guest article written for PLANADVISER, Thomas Dodd, executive director of Pavilion Advisory Group Inc., compares and contrasts common retirement income strategies—including the pros and cons of each method, as viewed from the perspective of participants. 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 >
IRIC Expects Retirement Income Focus Throughout 2019
DC plans are well positioned to significantly add to American’s financial security by adopting retirement income solutions that are currently available in the market today. Read more >
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‘SECURE Act 2.0’ Appears Ready to Clear Committee

Sources say the House Ways and Means Committee will likely vote to advance the Securing a Strong Retirement Act of 2021, often called a follow-up to the SECURE Act, as soon as tomorrow afternoon.

Stimulus Bill Extends Some Provisions of the CARES Act

It also provides a way for retirement plan sponsors to avoid a partial plan termination.

House Ways and Means Committee Passes SECURE Act 2.0

The markup hearing, punctuated by a unanimous vote to advance the legislation, demonstrated that retirement security issues are capable of bringing together members of Congress who don’t agree on much else.

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.
Ascensus Unveils AI-Driven Personalized Financial Wellness

The new offering is available through a partnership with Financial Finesse.

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