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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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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