PLANADVISER Weekend Newsdash
Week ending April 8th, 2016
NOTE FROM THE EDITOR
Happy Friday PLANADVISER readers! It goes without saying that it has been a big week for the retirement plan advisory industry, with the long-awaited release of the Department of Labor’s final fiduciary rule coming Wednesday morning. The industry’s mostly positive reaction makes clear the serious compromises worked into the final rule language, compared with previous proposed versions from 2010 and 2015. Our weekend newsletter has all the information and analysis you need to get caught up on All Things Fiduciary. 
Editor's choice
Most Reacting Positively to Fiduciary Rule
Consumer groups were especially pleased with the final rule. Nancy Zirkin, executive vice president and director of policy at The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, said, “This common sense rule will ensure that when working Americans turn to financial professionals for help, they will get honest advice that’s in their best interest—not a self-serving sales pitch.” Read more >
Fiduciary Rule Shows Washington Compromise Can Still Happen
More than a few industry insiders and analysts have tipped their hats to DOL and Labor Secretary Perez for listening carefully to criticism and reshaping some of the most controversial elements of the new fiduciary rule. Read more >
Americans Strongly Back Fiduciary Reform
A strong majority of investors surveyed by Financial Engines believes advisers should be legally required to provide “non-conflicted advice” in retirement planning contexts.  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.
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.

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.
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