PLANADVISER Weekend Newsdash
Week ending March 18th, 2016
NOTE FROM THE EDITOR
Happy Friday, PLANADVISER readers. Another week of watching and we still have yet to see the final fiduciary rule language emerge from the Department of Labor. Judging by our top-clicked articles, the industry is waiting with baited breath for a final rule that will likely look a lot like the proposed version published last year. In the meantime, our weekend newsletter will help you catch up on the latest fiduciary rule expectation and speculation. 
Editor's choice
DC Plan Fees Down Another Notch
While retirement plan fee litigation seems to be heating up and up, retirement plan fees actual fell last year, as they have each year since 2010.  Read more >
TDFs Affect Retirement Plan Participant Trading Activity
Overall, 1.52% of participant balances was transferred in 2015—well below the historical average of 2.88%, thanks in large part to the ever-expanding influence of target-date funds. But does less trading overall mean less bad trading?  Read more >
Goldman Sachs Investment Management Acquires Honest Dollar
Writing the next page in the book of industry consolidation and client service technology-based acquisitions, the Investment Management Division of Goldman Sachs has agreed to acquire the web and mobile-based retirement savings platform Honest Dollar, which specializes in the start-up and micro-plan markets. Read more >
In-Person Meetings Best Retirement Plan Participant Motivator
A Lincoln Financial survey found a significant decline in participant engagement and a sharp rise in instinctive decisions in the last year—two trends tempered by the influence of in-person financial advice.  Read more >
Retiring at 75
The class of 2015 faces a retirement age as late as 75—two years later than what the Class of 2013 could expect—because of increasing student loan debt, rising rents and Millennials’ approach to money management, according to analysis by NerdWallet. 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.
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.
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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