PLANADVISER Weekend Newsdash
Week ending July 14th, 2017
NOTE FROM THE EDITOR
Happy Friday, readers! As we announced last week, moving forward the curated content in our roundup newsletters will be themed. The second Friday of each month, the topic is Investments. We hope you enjoy this new format and know you will find it helpful and informative.
Investing
CITs and Custom TDFs Shine in Mega Market
New research from Northern Trust finds its largest plan sponsor clients have broadly embraced collective investment trusts, and more than half now use custom TDFs. Read more >
PLANADVISER DCIO Industry Snapshot
Mutual funds continue to be the investment vehicle of choice among the 42 DCIO providers surveyed, while exchange traded funds are almost entirely avoided. Read more >
More Institutional Assets Pour Into Fewer Securities
A new analysis published by Pantheon warns that the total number of publically listed securities has dramatically declined in recent decades—challenging assumptions about maximizing diversification. Read more >
Reflections on Roth As Tax Debate Unfolds
Effectively managing income taxes over a lifetime requires a careful balance of a person’s current tax burden with the need to achieve tax diversification for the unknown future. Read more >
ESG Used To Motivate Greater Savings and Mitigate Risk
For some segments of the employee population, access to environmentally and socially conscious investment options spurs a significant bump in savings rates. Read more >
Should Inflation Be a Bigger Client Concern?
As the Federal Reserve nears its dual mandate of maximum employment and price stability, there are increasing concerns about inflation, even though they are still muted, according to a Fidelity analysis. Read more >
MOST POPULAR STORIES
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.
Many Near-Retirees Don't Understand Social Security Benefits

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

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.
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