PLANADVISER Weekend Newsdash
Week ending July 29th, 2016
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Social Security is Key, Even for Affluent Investors
For nearly one-third of affluent investors, Social Security will provide half their retirement income, according to a study. Read more >
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Spending Rates in Retirement Are Modest
Since retirees are spending less than they withdraw from financial accounts, they are accumulating money in checking accounts and may need to reinvest those assets, says Steve Utkus with Vanguard Center for Retirement Research. Read more >
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Providers Expect Fiduciary Rule to Deter Rollovers
Nearly two-thirds, 64%, of the nation’s top retirement plan recordkeepers and providers believe that the new Department of Labor (DOL) fiduciary rule will deter rollovers from retirement plans into individual retirement accounts (IRAs), thus helping them to retain assets, the LIMRA Secure Retirement Institute found in a survey. Read more >
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Sponsors Warming Up to Lifetime Income Solutions
Employers are gradually warming up to lifetime income solutions in their retirement plans, Willis Towers Watson found in its Lifetime Income Solutions survey.  However, they are more interested in educating participants about drawdown strategies or partial withdrawals than using guaranteed insurance-backed products. Read more >
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Retirees Wish They Had Delayed Collecting Social Security
Unexpected health care costs and other life events have 23% of retirees—those retired 10 years or less—wishing they had waited before collecting Social Security, according to a survey by the Nationwide Retirement Institute. Read more >
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$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.

Three New ERISA Lawsuits Bash Actively Managed TDFs

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

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.

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.
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