PLANADVISER Weekend Newsdash
Week ending June 21st, 2019

The retirement planning challenges facing workers today are by no means new or novel, nor are the many different types of solutions being debated by academics and policymakers. Find below a recent story on the topic of “modern tontines,” and why these might be a helpful model for DC plan decumulation. We hope you will share some of what you learn with a client or colleague. 

Income in Retirement
'Modern Tontine Theorists' Have Ideas for DC Plan Decumulation
Tontines are a type of historical annuity structure that was first put into well-documented practice as far back as the 1600s. Read more >
Rollovers Important to Retirement Income Adequacy
EBRI found a significant difference in retirement deficits when comparing the current environment where defined contribution plan participants rollover their assets versus a hypothetical state where workers never rollover their DC assets. Read more >
Advisers Should Include Guaranteed Income in Income Strategy Discussions
A study by Greenwald & Associates and CANNEX shows those close to retirement highly value guaranteed income to supplement Social Security, and suggests advisers consistently underestimate clients’ interest. Read more >
Fixed Annuity Sales Jumped in First Quarter
Sales of fixed annuities increased 38% during the first quarter of 2019 relative to the same period last year, according to the LIMRA Secure Retirement Institute. Read more >
Compare and Contrast: Income Annuities and Savings Contracts
Based on the results of a new CANNEX study, advisers who are looking to provide clients with guaranteed income should seriously consider both income annuities and savings annuity contracts that offer GLWBs. Read more >
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Three New ERISA Lawsuits Bash Actively Managed TDFs

Three new lawsuits question the offering of actively managed target-date funds to retirement plan participants.

$300 Million Plan Faces ERISA Fiduciary Breach Lawsuit

The plan being challenged in the latest fiduciary breach lawsuit held less than $300 million as of the start of last year, making it one of the smallest to become the target of an ERISA complaint.

Attorneys Offer Closer Reading of DOL’s Open MEP RFI

Advisers and broker/dealers hoping to work with open multiple employer plans now have a short window to offer their perspectives to the Department of Labor and the Internal Revenue Service.

Another Lawsuit Challenges Use of Untested CITs in 401(k) Plan

A similar lawsuit was filed in May against an investment manager and a different plan sponsor.

DOL Aims to Quickly Simplify Conflict of Interest Framework

The main theme of the new fiduciary rule proposal is alignment with other regulators—the SEC and FINRA in particular—but the agency is by no means surrendering its jurisdiction over tax-qualified retirement plans.

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