PLANSPONSOR 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.
Editor's choice
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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Why Are Retirees Spending Down So Slowly?

EBRI questions whether retirees are just determined to preserve their assets or whether they need more education about spending assets in retirement—both have implications for retirement plan advisers and sponsors.

Determining Health Cost Needs in Retirement Is Complex

Although some retirees face catastrophic health care cost in retirement, EBRI found that most don't.

Paychex Revamps Advisor Console

With a focus on accessibility and ease of use, Advisor Console’s new features and functionality allow financial professionals to be more efficient when serving their clients’ plans and investments.  

401(k) Plan Participants Challenge Principal's Management of TDFs

The lawsuit alleges Principal used proprietary investment vehicles, rather than other investment vehicles, and share classes with higher fees for the underlying TDF investments, to produce more income for itself and its subsidiaries.

Home Depot 401(k) Plan Latest Targeted with ERISA Fiduciary Breach Lawsuit

Plaintiffs include in their complaint a substantial amount of backward-looking fund performance data to underpin their failure to monitor claims, comparing the Home Depot offerings to others that could have been purchased.

Editorial: Alison Cooke Mintzer alison.mintzer@strategic-i.com

Advertising: Paul Zampitella paul.zampitella@strategic-i.com

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