PLANADVISER Weekend Newsdash
Week ending August 17th, 2018

Happy Friday, readers! This weekend’s mailing focuses on the always timely topic of Client Service. As a defined contribution plan adviser, your specialty is helping individuals accumulate assets for retirement. But increasingly, clients expect help with a broader range of financial planning needs, from mapping future health care costs and understanding health savings accounts to minimizing taxes and planning for a sustainable retirement paycheck through annuitization. Find below a collection of helpful articles on these subjects and more, aimed at helping you take your client service to the next level.

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Health Care Unknowns Have Always Vexed Retirement Planners
A new “Cost of Long-Term Care” analysis published by Moll Law Group underscores the fundamental difficulty of planning for the health care unknowns faced by all retirement savers. Read more >
Helping Employers Sort HSA Facts from Fictions
The health care plan and the health savings account are not the same thing; while the employer has some administrative responsibilities, the HSA belongs wholly to the employee and is portable. Read more >
Participants Speak Clearly About Need for DC Account Income Planning
A new report published by Cerulli Associates draws out participant perspectives on the topic of DC plan decumulation, revealing that many of those leaving the work force feel “generally clueless” about how to manage their nest egg. Read more >
With Litigation Rush, Fiduciary Insurance Adequacy Is Critical
As a result, insurers are scrutinizing potential customers more carefully, asking for extensive documentation and proof of compliance with stated policies. Read more >
Considerations for Helping Terminating and Retiring Participants
“If a plan sponsor can invest in an adviser or other person to provide direction for terminating or retiring employees, that would be extremely helpful,” Terry Dunne, from Millennium Trust Company, told 2018 PLANSPONSOR National Conference attendees. 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 >
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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.
Many Near-Retirees Don't Understand Social Security Benefits

More than one-third failed a basic Social Security quiz administered by MassMutual.

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.
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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