PLANADVISER Weekend Newsdash
Week ending June 28th, 2019

Happy Friday, readers! This weekend’s mailing offers a thought-provoking mix of stories on the ever-important topic of client service. These days, advisers are increasingly being called upon to provide support and education on such challenging topics as Social Security, intergenerational wealth transfers, retirement income and dealing with market volatility. All of these topics and more are explored in this edition of PLANADVISERweekend. We hope you will share some of what you read with a client or colleague.

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Annuities Are Potentially More Useful Today Than Ever
David Lau, founder and CEO of DPL Financial Partners, a firm that bills itself as a commission-free insurance network for retirement plan and wealth management fiduciaries, uses a personal story to explain the source of his deep interest in the topics of income insurance and annuities. Read more >
Parents and Kids Both Influence the Flow of ‘Modern Money’
Shifting attitudes about supporting adult children financially have helped reshape Americans’ thinking about wealth and retirement readiness, according to Ameriprise Financial survey data. Read more >
Self-Correction and Compliance Tips from Former IRS Attorney
There are many fiduciaries out there who are not educated on the voluntary corrections programs run by DOL and IRS. Former IRS staffer Lisa Tavares says they are taking unnecessary risk. Read more >
Americans’ Lack of Social Security Knowledge Shows
Tina Ambrozy, president of sales and distribution at Nationwide, warns of a major disconnect between what consumers think their Social Security benefit will be—and what this amount will cover—compared to reality. Read more >
Hardship Withdrawals Spiked, Loans Dipped After Bipartisan Budget Act
The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 made it easier for retirement plan participants to access hardship withdrawals without taking loans first; since passage of the law, hardships withdrawals are up 40% in Fidelity’s book of business. Read more >
As Bull Market Ages, Coaching Investors on Volatility Remains a Must
Novice investors’ reactions to stock market volatility present an endless and intriguing field of study for behavioral economists, but for financial advisers, poor client decisionmaking is a serious issue. Read more >
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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.
Reliance Trust Reaches Deal on 401(k) Excessive Fee, Self-Dealing Suit

Admitting no wrongdoing, Reliance Trust will pay $39.8 million to settle the case.

A New World and New Opportunities for Alpha
Pandemic-driven volatility has once again highlighted the relative virtues of active and passive management.
Nestle Sued Over Fees for Managed Accounts, Recordkeeping

The lawsuit contends that, in most cases, the managed account service added no material value to participants, creating asset allocations 'not materially different than' those of the age appropriate target-date options for participants.

How to Diversify Retirement Plan Committees

With representation being top of mind in 2020, companies are reconsidering the makeup of their workforces and their retirement plan committees.

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