PLANADVISER Weekend Newsdash
Week ending September 8th, 2017
NOTE FROM THE EDITOR
Happy Friday, readers! Featured in this week’s mailing are timely articles and research on the broad topic of Investing. We encourage you to examine in detail the findings from our 2017 PLANADVISER DCIO Survey, as well as our latest analysis of Roth tax accounts, Treasury performance compared with equity indices, the risks hidden in aggressive fixed-income allocations, and other helpful topics. 
Editor's choice
Roth Tax Treatment Remains a Mystery for Many
Survey data covering some 1,000 plan participants shows Roth savings features remain poorly understood and underutilized. Read more >
Academic Paper Finds Treasuries Outperform Many Equity Investments
A researcher from Arizona State University describes some surprising research findings that show many long-term equity investments fail to outperform short-term Treasuries. Read more >
False Sense of Security Surrounds Active Fixed-Income Allocations
Experts with Charles Schwab warn that a decade of generally stable credit markets has some investors feeling a false sense of security about “stretching for yield” within near retirees’ target-date funds. Read more >
Corporate Funds Posted Highest Returns Among Institutional Investors in Q2 2017
Corporate funds saw a quarterly gain of 3.13%, compared to a median return of 2.88% for all plan types, according to the Wilshire TUCS. Read more >
A Decade After PPA and the QDIA Debate Continues
The transition period, from five years before retirement to five years after, is the most critical phase of lifecycle investing—and potentially the most difficult to manage with a standard TDF glide path. Read more >
2017 PLANADVISER DCIO Survey
Now in its sixth year of publication, the PLANADVISER Defined Contribution Investment Only (DCIO) Survey continues its trend of finding a steady increase in DC plan assets among the survey’s 41 participating providers. 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.
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.
Many Near-Retirees Don't Understand Social Security Benefits

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

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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