PLANADVISER Weekend Newsdash
Week ending June 10th, 2016
NOTE FROM THE EDITOR
Happy Friday, readers! The editors of PLANADVISER and PLANSPONSOR are hard at work prepping for next week’s PLANSPONSOR National Conference in Washington, D.C., one of our flagship annual events bringing together plan sponsors and providers from across the United States. Fair to say it’s been a whirlwind year for the industry, with even greater changes potentially right around the corner. This week’s editor’s picks spotlight some of the top trends and challenges we’ll explore next week at the conference.
Editor's choice
Bird’s Eye View of Evolving Asset Management Landscape
Could Google one day be a top provider of investments or financial advice? What about Facebook, or Amazon? It may sound farfetched, but one industry expert says such a future might not be far off.  Read more >
Emerging Blockchain Technologies Could Reshape Asset Data Security
New research from State Street Corporation finds a majority of asset managers believe they’ll be using “blockchain” data security technologies within five years. So, what’s blockchain? Read more >
Taking the Pulse of Top-Performing DC Advisers
The strongest-performing advisers are leading the way on aggressive plan design, embracing re-enrollment, stretching the match and making sure plans work for participants as they’re designed to. Read more >
Shift in Provider-to-Adviser Communication
Reflecting the change in their own clients’ expectations, more financial advisers say they prefer to receive general thought leadership and market commentary from service provider partners, in lieu of more product-specific updates. Read more >
Advisers Already Moving to Overcome DOL Fiduciary Rule Challenges
“This is hardly the first time regulation will change the way advisers get paid and disclose important information to clients,” one industry executive observes, “so in that respect I am confident firms will be able to make it work under the new rule.” 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.
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.
Many Near-Retirees Don't Understand Social Security Benefits

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

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