PLANADVISER Weekend Newsdash
Week ending August 16th, 2019

Four percent annual withdrawals from a defensively positioned portfolio may be a good starting point for discussing retirement income, but in reality, such a simple approach will not work for everyone. A robust retirement income plan includes consideration of anticipated mandatory and discretionary expenses, regular assessments of risk in the equity portfolio, active coordination of bond holdings, minimization of taxes, the weighing of income insurance and much more. Find below a series of helpful articles on all these topics. We hope you will share some of what you read with a client or colleague.

Retirement Income Planning
'Modern Tontine Theorists' Have Time-Tested Retirement Income Ideas
The retirement planning challenges facing workers today are by no means new or novel, nor are the many different types of solutions being debated by academics and policymakers. Read more >
Retirement Income Solutions and Strategic Withdrawals
Thomas Dodd, executive director of Pavilion Advisory Group, speaks to the importance of implementing a strategic withdrawal plan once retirees initiate distributions of DC plan assets. Read more >
Casting DC Plans in a Retirement Income Light
Mike Sasso, with Portfolio Evaluations, and a professor at Boston University,  explained a new way of thinking to get plan sponsors to focus on retirement income for participants. Read more >
Individuals Concerned About Impact of RMDs on Taxes
Nearly one-third of individuals surveyed by Allianz Life Insurance Company of North America say they have difficulty understanding how required minimum distributions could impact their overall tax obligation. Read more >
Facing Uncertainty With Laddered Fixed-Income Portfolios
Experts argue bond ladders can work in a rising rate environment and across a variety of unpredictable macroeconomic scenarios—allowing investors to continually readjust their fixed-income exposure.  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.
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.
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.
Lawsuit Challenges Fees in Kimberly-Clark's 401(k) Plan

The plaintiffs allege plan fiduciaries used what it calls ‘cobbled-together services from many providers’ and didn't monitor fees for any of them.

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