PLANADVISER Weekend Newsdash
Week ending April 5th, 2019

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.

Income in Retirement
RESA Is Back in the Senate, with Some Technical Amendments
A section-by-section overview of the Retirement Enhancement and Savings Act of 2019, which was just introduced in the U.S. Senate. Read more >
More Regulation Might Not Be Needed To Boost Use of DC Plan Lifetime Income
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. Read more >
DC Plan Participants Looking for Guaranteed Income in Retirement
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. Read more >
Guidance Issued for Including Annuities in TDFs
The Department of the Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service have issued guidance designed to expand the use of income annuities in 401(k) plans. Read more >
401(k) Plans Have Concerns About Guaranteed Income Products
Concerns expressed in a survey included fiduciary exposure, high costs and operational hurdles such as recordkeeping issues, among other things. Read more >
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Inheritance Pathways Exist to Replace Stretch IRAs
The SECURE Act is stalled in the U.S. Senate due in part to several lawmakers’ concerns that it does away with so-called “stretch IRAs,” but tax and inheritance experts say other effective tax mitigation strategies are available.
SECURE Act Update: Revisions to Model Rollover Notices

Although the landmark legislation will take years before it is fully implemented, many of the provisions are already in effect—including two that require immediate changes to the 402(f) notice given to participants to help them understand their rollover options.

Washington Update: Industry Turns Attention to Portman-Cardin Bill
The president’s budget proposal may be short on retirement reforms, but members of Congress are already looking beyond the SECURE Act.
FINRA Wants to Help You With Reg BI Compliance

As the enforcement date approaches for the sweeping Regulation Best Interest rulemaking package, FINRA is working hand-in-hand with the SEC to ensure effective coordination—and to support advisers working on associated compliance challenges.

‘Stretch IRAs,’ Multigenerational Inheritance and the SECURE Act
Low and middle-income Americans struggling to save for retirement are depending on the U.S. Senate to pass the SECURE Act, advocates say. At present, one roadblock seems to the law’s treatment of “stretch IRAs.”
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