PLANADVISER Weekend Newsdash
Week ending June 23rd, 2017
NOTE FROM THE EDITOR
Happy Friday, readers! This weekend’s mailing highlights the latest feature articles and research from PLANADVISER print. Complementing our daily online news coverage, our bimonthly print edition takes a deeper dive into the topics and trends that matter most for retirement specialist advisers. It also features thought-provoking artwork, insights from esteemed ERISA expert columnists, and though-leadership from top providers.
Editor's choice
401(k) Rollovers to IRAs
How does the delay of the DOL fiduciary rule affect my responsibilities when I recommend that participants take distributions from an ERISA plan and roll them over to an individual retirement account that I will advise? Read more >
Plan Assets and Prohibited Transactions
When analyzing whether a prohibited transaction has occurred, there are certain threshold questions that need to be asked. If the alleged violation is said to be an Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) Section 406(b) violation, it is necessary to establish that at least one of the parties is a fiduciary and that plan assets were involved. The presence of plan assets will be obvious but not in all cases. Read more >
SEC Weighs In On ‘Robo-Advisers’
In February, the Division of Investment Management of the Securities and Exchange Commission issued guidance on how registered investment advisers who act as “robo-advisers” may comply with the Investment Advisers Act of 1940. In the guidance, the SEC provided some insights as to what it may view as shortcomings in current robo-adviser program offerings. Read more >
2017 PLANADVISER DCIO Survey
Now in its sixth year of publication, the PLANADVISER Defined Contribution Investment Only Survey continues its trend of finding a steady increase in DC plan assets among the survey’s 41 participating providers. Read more >
Editor’s Letter: Kicking the Can
The fiduciary rule is here and in effect … for now. On the morning of May 24, as I started to make sense of my email, I noticed one from the DOL and saw a news alert about the fiduciary rule. Turns out Secretary of Labor R. Alexander Acosta had written an op-ed about the status of the rule, and at the same time the DOL had released a set of FAQs and a field assistance bulletin about it. 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.
Many Near-Retirees Don't Understand Social Security Benefits

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

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.
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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