Happy Friday, readers! If you have been following the industry news this week, you’ll already know that there has been some significant action in Congress on retirement-focused legislation. Among the many provisions being considered in the SECURE Act and RESA is a new safe harbor to protect retirement plan fiduciaries when they offered in-plan guaranteed income products. Experts agree that plan sponsors often skip lifetime income products in plan menus because they are concerned about their own liability should the insurance provider fail to meet their payment obligations at some point in the future. You can read all about this evolving topic in the articles collected below.
Experts suggest an additional annuity safe harbor regulation is unlikely and perhaps even unneeded for promoting greater use of in-plan lifetime income solutions, given that sponsors’ hesitation is often misplaced.
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Eight in 10 DC plan participants are very or somewhat interested in an in-plan investment option that would guarantee monthly income for life in retirement, and the same number express interest in taking money out of their plan at retirement and moving it to a financial product that would guarantee them monthly income for life.
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With the passage of the SECURE Act by the House of Representatives, experts tell PLANADVISER they are optimistic that agreement will be reached with the Senate during this Congress, but the many supporters of retirement reform will have to wait and see how compromise might be reached.
MassMutual says a married couple that lives into their 90s but decides to begin their Social Security benefits at age 62 as opposed to age 70 could be leaving as much as half a million dollars on the table, or forfeiting $2,000 to $4,000 a month for life.
One retirement industry executive says she believes the Senate could act quite quickly in taking up the SECURE Act, which just passed the House of Representatives with a practically unanimous yea vote.
Retirement plan advisers with established 401(k) businesses are finding new revenue streams and client engagement opportunities among nonprofits and educational institutions, and in the area of estate planning.