PLANADVISER Weekend Newsdash
Week ending September 6th, 2019

Solving the retirement income challenge is so difficult because plan participants all have different longevity expectations, different beliefs about how they would like to live in retirement, and different conclusions about how to weigh longevity risk versus the risk of under-consumption. Making matters even more difficult, survey data shows that plan sponsors are not necessarily thinking strictly about annuities when contemplating the addition of an in-plan retirement income option.

The Decumulation Challenge
Annuities Are Potentially More Useful Today Than Ever
Anxiety about turning DC plan assets into a “lifetime retirement paycheck” in such a low-rate environment is keeping aging Americans in the workforce—including many who very likely have enough money saved to retire comfortably and don’t want to keep working. Read more >
A New Normal? Time To Recheck Interest Rate Assumptions
Among the remarkable characteristics of today’s global fixed-income marketplace is the $15 trillion invested in negatively yielding bonds. Read more >
Addressing Participant Longevity
Plan design and advice will both be key as retirees aim for age 100. Read more >
Rollover Mechanics and the Most Common Mistakes
Besides failing to invest the money within the IRS’s 60-day window—the most common mistake according to the experts—another frequent error impacts those who cash out of their workplace retirement plan. Read more >
A Crash Course in Social Security Maximization
Cost of living increases, claiming age, marital status and work history all complicate Social Security claiming strategies. Read more >
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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.
Retirement Industry Cheers New ‘Securing a Strong Retirement Act’

The bipartisan piece of legislation includes provisions that have long been popular among retirement industry stakeholders, including the elimination of barriers to allow greater use of lifetime income products.

Gen X Facing the Stark Reality of Retirement

More than any other generation, its members are receptive to in-plan guarantees.

IRS Announces Contribution and Benefit Limits for 2021

The limit on contributions by employees who participate in 401(k)s, 403(b)s and most 457 plans remains unchanged at $19,500.

A New World and New Opportunities for Alpha
Pandemic-driven volatility has once again highlighted the relative virtues of active and passive management.
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