PLANSPONSOR Weekend Newsdash
Week ending April 14th, 2017
Happy Friday, readers! This week a number of our most popular news articles discussed what Baby Boomers are doing with their money upon hitting retirement. Many are leaving TDFs, research shows. Many are also shying away from purchasing annuities or taking steps to proactively shape a lifetime income plan. Find below a helpful series of additional articles on these challenging topics, aimed at helping clients smoothly transition to a stable retirement.
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Investors Must Be Proactive About Managing Retirement Taxes
Among the many informative charts and graphs included in the 2017 J.P. Morgan Asset Management Guide to Retirement are Social Security timing break-even analyses and projected spending for individuals and couples on Medicaid premiums—along with a look at when Roth might work best.   Read more >
Analysis Suggests Roth Almost Always Outperforms Traditional IRA
Investing in a Roth versus a traditional IRA effectively raises the limit on what one can save, leading to materially greater wealth in retirement in the vast majority of tax scenarios. Read more >
Americans Need More Info About IRAs
Those who have an IRA say the three biggest factors that prompted them to open one were help from a financial adviser (40%), education about IRAs (25%), and a simple process to open one (10%). Read more >
Addressing Longevity a Crucial Issue for DC Plan Sponsors
DC plan participants need education about how much they will need to fund a 20- to 30-year retirement, and plan sponsors need education about the role of annuities. Read more >
Vanguard Recommends Plans Accommodate Retiring Workers
Allowing for partial withdrawals is among five tips the investment firm gives. Read more >
Nearly Three-Quarters of Boomers Want to Delay Retirement

More than three in 10 have no retirement budget.

Will SCOTUS Decide the Fate of the DOL Fiduciary Rule?

Some ERISA attorneys argue the Fifth Circuit decision last week to vacate entirely the DOL’s fiduciary rule expansion makes a Supreme Court decision on the matter inevitable; others are less sure that a decisive SCOTUS decision could be forthcoming, instead expecting the SEC to take the lead; still others admit they have little idea how the regulatory picture will shake out, recommending patience and ongoing compliance.

Confusion Abounds After Fifth Circuit Decision Vacates DOL Fiduciary Rule

The latest decision out of the Fifth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals throws a dramatic new element of confusion into the epic regulatory saga that has been the rollout of the Department of Labor fiduciary rule.

Many Americans Would Forego Social Security Payments for Student Loan Debt Forgiveness

The Student Security Act of 2017​ would grant $550 in student loan forgiveness for each month a student debtor was willing to raise his or her full retirement age, or $6,600 per year.

Retirement Programs Must Continue to Evolve to Address Participant Needs
Chuck Coldwell, vice president - national director, Consulting and BOLI Services at Pentegra, believes as an industry, we still have not reached the goal of getting the majority of participants in a good place for retirement—even with auto enroll and escalate.

Editorial: Alison Cooke Mintzer

Advertising: Paul Zampitella

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