PLANADVISER Weekend Newsdash
Week ending April 21st, 2017
NOTE FROM THE EDITOR
Happy Friday, readers! This weekend’s newsletter offers up highlights from our latest bi-monthly edition of PLANADVISER print. Complementing our daily online news coverage and conference events, the print magazine takes a deeper dive into the most pressing issues facing retirement plan professionals today. The print edition also features our latest proprietary research data and insights from skilled ERISA attorney columnists. Visit our homepage for subscription information. 
Editor's choice
Window Guard
Self-directed brokerage windows are commonly a large-plan element. According to the 2016 PLANSPONSOR Defined Contribution Survey: Plan Benchmarking, only 18.7% of plans of all sizes have a brokerage window. Read more >
Thinking Efficiently
Strategies and solutions to help retirement plan advisers cultivate the small-plan market.  Read more >
Fiduciary Rule Litigation
Notwithstanding the uncertain future of the fiduciary rule, the favorable litigation outcomes secured by DOL may have numerous implications regarding how the agency staff views its rulemaking and interpretive authority, and may also embolden its future litigation and enforcement efforts. Read more >
Varying Fees
“I am a fiduciary adviser to ERISA plans and IRAs, and I charge an asset-based fee. I don’t receive any other payment, direct or indirect, in connection with these services, and my fee satisfies the definition of level fee under the Best Interest Contract exemption. May I charge a level fee for advising on the portion of the client’s portfolio that is allocated to equities but a lower level-fee for the portion allocated to fixed-income investments?” Read more >
Trump Orders and Employee Benefits
Will the updating of existing regulations be treated as new regulations? Read more >
MOST POPULAR STORIES
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.
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.
Many Near-Retirees Don't Understand Social Security Benefits

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

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