PLANADVISER Weekend Newsdash
Week ending June 3rd, 2016
NOTE FROM THE EDITOR
Happy Friday, PLANADVISER readers. We all know that defined contribution plans represent the future of the U.S. retirement system—especially for the outlook of Millennials and Gen X. But it should also be noted that defined benefit pensions still represent a significant portion of the total assets saved today for retirement. Below you’ll find tips and strategies for servicing the still-sizable DB market with your DC skills. 
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Take PLANSPONSOR’s 2016 Survey of Third Party Administrators
PLANSPONSOR magazine is conducting this survey to provide retirement plans and their advisers a sense of the employer-sponsored retirement plan TPA market. Follow the link to participate and for more information. Read more >
Funding a Major Focus of DB Plan Sponsors
  While some companies still need to improve just to reach the minimum funded level required by law, others are working towards higher funded ratios for their pension plans. Advisers can help in both cases.    Read more >
DB Pension Buyout Market Maintains Impressive Pace
The latest U.S. Group Annuity Risk Transfer Survey from LIMRA Secure Retirement Institute shows group pension buy-out sales reached $1.084 billion in the first quarter of 2016. Buyouts are a complex maneuver during which advice can be invaluable.  Read more >
Considering Risk Transfer Top of Mind for DB Plan Sponsors
A recent survey demonstrates that pension risk management remains top of mind for many plan sponsors, and that a significant percentage of them are actively researching their de-risking options. Read more >
Consider Borrowing to Fund for DB Clients
Borrowing to fund pension deficits provides plan sponsors with a way to replace variable and potentially volatile debt obligation with a known, certain amount of debt at a fixed funding cost. Read more >
DB Plan Clients Facing a New Credit Market Liquidity Outlook
Pension plan sponsors want and need help assessing whether they are in the right vehicle structures or funds offering the right liquidity terms. 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.

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.
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