PLANADVISER Weekend Newsdash
Week ending April 1st, 2016
NOTE FROM THE EDITOR
Happy Friday PLANADVISER readers! This weekend’s mailing offers up some food for thought on the youngest generation of retirement plan participants: the Millennials. Like the U.S. generations to enter the workforce before them, Millennials are a diverse and dynamic group, pushing employers to rethink the packaging, presentation and value of employer-provided benefits. 
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Employer Retirement Plans Help Millennials with Savings Goals
More than three in four Millennial workers with access to an employer-sponsored retirement plan make consistent contributions from their paycheck to the retirement plan or to a savings account, compared with 43% of those without access to an employer-sponsored plan.  Read more >
Millennials' Other Financial Goals Compete with Retirement Savings
Generally speaking, Millennials tend to invest for a variety of reasons. The No. 1 reason Millennials invest is to have an emergency/rainy day fund. But, when asked how long their current emergency fund would last if they lost their job, most Millennials would be ill-prepared. Read more >
The Auto-Savings Generation
Millennials saving for retirement are bucking reports of savings insufficiency and equity aversion, according to a white paper published by Vanguard researchers. Read more >
Bankrate Measures Big Jump in Millennials' Savings
Millennials are saving more money than any other age group, with 62% stating they are saving more than 5% of their incomes, according to a Bankrate.com survey. Read more >
Northwestern Mutual Debunks Millennials’ Money Misconceptions
Financial literacy can be an intimidating topic for anyone, let alone for individuals who are just starting out in life, like Millennials,” says Emily Holbrook, young personal market director for Northwestern Mutual. 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.
Many Near-Retirees Don't Understand Social Security Benefits

More than one-third failed a basic Social Security quiz administered by MassMutual.

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.
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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