PLANADVISER Weekend Newsdash
Week ending August 5th, 2016
NOTE FROM THE EDITOR
Happy Friday, readers! In a recent conversation with PLANADVISER, one provider executive suggested she is “very optimistic about our industry’s chances of solving the DC retirement income question, but we’re only in the infancy of this effort.” The Department of Labor fiduciary rule will shape more than delay progress on improving individual retirement accounts and access to annuities, she speculates. In that spirit, collected below is a handful of articles on the best ways to use IRAs to shape and control retirement spending for clients.
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Spending Rates in Retirement Are Modest
When Vanguard first started its research on retirement spending, it assumed, as many financial planners do, that retirees look at all assets in all accounts and make a plan to draw down from all accounts. However, the research found four cornerstone accounts—DC plans, IRAs, mutual funds and brokerage accounts—are prized as long-term holdings. Read more >
Plan Participants Need Understanding of Roth Accounts
Many U.S. employers are missing out on an opportunity to help employees with their financial well-being by not offering or fully explaining and promoting the benefits and value of Roth 401(k) contributions, according to retirement experts at Willis Towers Watson. Retirement plan advisers can help them. Read more >
Clear Link Between Traditional IRAs and Rollovers
According to ICI data, at year-end 2014, nearly a third of Roth IRA investors were younger than 40, compared with just 15% of traditional IRA investors. There are significant differences between traditional and Roth IRA investors, yet both vehicles provide savers with important flexibility in their retirement savings options. Read more >
Rollovers Under the Fiduciary Rule
The new DOL fiduciary rule, which applies starting April 10, 2017, does allow you to provide distribution or rollover advice; however, there are special requirements for doing that. The first thing to consider is, what exactly constitutes fiduciary “advice” in this context. Read more >
Income Planning Requires Annuity Know-How
Two in three older advisory clients are seeking help with income planning, but only one-third of financial professionals actively advise about indexed annuities. 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.
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.

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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