PLANADVISER Weekend Newsdash
Week ending April 29th, 2016
NOTE FROM THE EDITOR
Happy Friday, PLANADVISER readers! This week’s mailing takes a timely look at the Securities and Exchange Commission’s ongoing money market fund reform. Major changes are slated to take effect later in 2016, SEC leadership warns, meaning advisers and their service provider partners should already be moving to address the reforms. Below you’ll find our recent reporting on the reforms and their likely impact on retirement plan investment menus. 
Editor's choice
SEC Adopts Money Market Fund Reform Rules
New Securities and Exchange Commission rule amendments establish structural and operational reforms aimed at addressing “run risks” in money market funds, among other issues that came to light during the financial crisis.  Read more >
Clearing Up Money Market Fund Reform Misunderstanding
Retirement plans will not necessarily have to divest from retail money market funds under SEC’s pending reforms, but plan sponsors and advisers may decide it’s best. Read more >
Money Market Fund Reform Likely Warrants Changes
The recent money market fund reforms adopted by the SEC, which take effect in October 2016, will require retirement plan advisers to review the money market funds in their plan sponsor clients’ lineups and possibly recommend changes, experts say. Read more >
Don't Get Left Behind By Money Market Fund Reform
A survey of institutional asset managers highlights persistent uncertainty and lack of preparedness around pending SEC money market reforms. Read more >
MMF Reform and Stable Value
Some providers are predicting the changes to money market funds will drive renewed interest in stable value funds, leading to the question, what is most important to clients when considering stable value?  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.

The Most Common Retirement Plan Testing Mistakes

By alerting plan sponsors to the issues they see most often, advisers can help their clients navigate IRS testing rules.

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