PLANADVISER Weekend Newsdash
Week ending April 28th, 2017
NOTE FROM THE EDITOR
Happy Friday, readers! We finally have a new Secretary of Labor, on the verge of President Trump’s 100th day in office. Andrew Acosta is known for a distinguished career in public service, and compared with the previous pick for the position, the response to the nomination and approval of Acosta has been far more positive, both on the left and the right of the political spectrum. Get the latest reporting on the Acosta confirmation and other pressing regulatory matters below, and have a great weekend! 
Editor's choice
New Pilot Takes the Helm at Department of Labor
The newly confirmed Secretary of Labor, Alexander Acosta, will steer from the top the effort to either overturn or leave in place the Obama-era fiduciary rule and other regulatory reforms. Read more >
Does White Labeling Conflict With Transparency Trends?
At a recent PLANADVISER focus group event, it was evident that small- and mid-market plan sponsors had little interest in “white labeling” investments—and their rationale might surprise you. Read more >
Few See Income Drop After Claiming Social Security
Data shared by the Investment Company Institute suggests Social Security is a kind of income bonus for many—not a final income lifeline to be tapped once other wealth runs out. Read more >
Bill Would Address Loan Repayments and Savings After a Hardship Withdrawal
The Shrinking Emergency Account Losses Act would allow employees to continue to contribute to their DC plans during the six months following a hardship withdrawal, among other things. Read more >
Most IRA Assets Flow From Employer Plans
A new study by the Center for Retirement Research explores the modern state of the individual retirement account and those who invest in it. 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.
Many Near-Retirees Don't Understand Social Security Benefits

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

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.
Lawsuit Says Retirement Plan Fiduciaries Failed to Monitor and Limit Revenue Sharing

The complaint against Wesco Distribution also alleges that the defendants chose higher-cost share classes for investments.

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