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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$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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