PLANADVISER Weekend Newsdash
Week ending April 22nd, 2016
NOTE FROM THE EDITOR
It’s fair to say that the final fiduciary rule from the Department of Labor has stirred up a lot of emotion among retirement plan advisers and service providers, both positive and negative. In that sense the events of the past week present advisers with an opportunity to think about the pivotal role emotion can plan in client decisionmaking—and not just during the downturns. Collected below are some of PLANADVISER’s recent stories on the impact of emotion on financial services. 
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Financial Wellness Definition Must Consider Emotion
An analytical approach to financial wellness is helpful for some retirement plan participants, but “it’s often emotion that puts retirement money in motion.” Read more >
Discussing Inheritance Can Be Downright Uncomfortable
Three-quarters of wealthy families fail to discuss money and inheritance in ways that avoid misunderstandings and unintended consequences, according to a survey from Merrill Lynch’s Private Banking and Investment Group. Read more >
Worries About Aging Cut Both Ways for Clients and Families
Parents are worried about their independence as they age; kids are worried about their aging parents’ quality of life; parents are worried about their kids’ health and finances; and around it goes. Read more >
Millennials Have False Sense of Retirement Security
Millennials feel hopeful about retirement, despite the fact that many of them haven’t saved at all or don’t know their net worth. Read more >
Behavioral Finance Analysis Highlights Savings Commitment Issues
Americans may be increasingly eager to save according to some measures, but that doesn’t mean they’re excited about earmarking dollars for retirement, or that people are widely committed to the long-term side of savings. Read more >
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Walgreen Sued for Keeping Underperforming TDFs in 401(k)

Despite a market “teeming with better-performing alternatives,” the plaintiffs say, Walgreen selected the Northern Trust Funds, which already had a history of poor performance.

‘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.”
SECURE Act Ensnared in Senate After Flying Through House
Washington insiders say Senator Ted Cruz is probably the biggest roadblock to the SECURE Act being passed in the near-term under unanimous consent; among other issues, he wants the bill to allow people to use tax-advantaged 529 college savings accounts to pay for home school expenses.
IRS Private Letter Ruling Solves Crucial Annuity Transaction Friction Point

A new IRS private letter ruling essentially conforms the tax treatment of properly structured advisory fees from non-qualified annuity contracts to those paid out of qualified accounts, which typically are not treated as taxable distributions.

The DOL’s Fiduciary Race Ahead of 2021
There is precious little time remaining for the proposal and adoption of any new advisory industry conflict of interest rules that the DOL hopes to make effective during this presidential administration.

Editorial: Alison Cooke Mintzer alison.mintzer@strategic-i.com

Advertising: Paul Zampitella paul.zampitella@strategic-i.com

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