Happy Friday, readers! It’s always a bit of a challenge each week picking a theme for the Friday afternoon mailing, especially during these times of fast-paced regulatory and market evolution. This week the job was made a little easier by the impressive reaction to a story about a new, simple approach to retirement spending proposed by a fellow of the Society of Actuaries. One reader suggested participant spending in retirement is “quickly becoming the next big plan design concern.” What do you think?
Evan Inglis says his “simple but effective” new rule recognizes the lower level of returns we are likely to experience in coming years due to low interest rates and other factors such as demographic trends.
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Until 401(k) plan sponsors are more comfortable offering in-plan retirement income products, the industry must find solutions to deliver nuanced advice around retirement income to low-balance investors.
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It appears some last-minute amendments have largely removed controversial provisions from the Senate’s version of tax reform legislation that would have had a big impact on governmental 457 and nonprofit 403(b) plan sponsors.