PLANADVISER Weekend Newsdash
Week ending March 3rd, 2017
NOTE FROM THE EDITOR
Happy Friday, readers! It seems hardly a week goes by during which the Department of Labor fiduciary rule doesn’t dominate the retirement industry trade press headlines. That was clearly the case this week, with the emergence of a new rule proposal aiming to delay implementation of the tighter conflict of interest standards championed by former President Barack Obama. Find our full coverage below—along with the latest features and research from our bimonthly print magazine. 
Editor's choice
Experts Still Expect Private Enforcement of Fiduciary Standard
Even if the DOL leadership under President Trump declines to enforce a strict fiduciary standard, private litigators will undoubtedly pick up any slack if the administration fails to fully eliminate the Obama-era conflict of interest rulemaking. Read more >
Interpreting Recent 403(b) Litigation
Recent months have seen a wave of new litigation, against several large 403(b) plans maintained by prominent private universities. The lawsuits, which claim breaches of fiduciary duties under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act, are in some respects similar to 401(k) fee litigation cases. However, other aspects of these suits are relatively novel.  Read more >
2017 PLANADVISER Micro Plan Survey
Data shows small plans are a big business. Read more >
Passing the Torch
How to start thinking about a succession plan for your practice. Read more >
Investing in Harmony
Following DOL guidance issued by the Obama administration, Millennials speak of big plans to invest in ESG strategies. Read more >
MOST POPULAR STORIES
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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