PLANADVISER Weekend Newsdash
Week ending September 23rd, 2016
NOTE FROM THE EDITOR
Happy Friday, readers! This week’s mailing takes a close look at some of the most pressing compliance issues from the perspective of DC specialist plan advisers. Trusted ERISA experts outline the new standards for making referrals under the fiduciary rule, discuss opportunities and challenges related to sweep programs, and outline the shifting taxation requirements associated with 457(f) plans. 
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Referrals Under the Final Fiduciary Rule
The rule provides that recommending a fiduciary investment adviser to an IRA owner in exchange for a referral fee, such as a solicitor’s fee, is a fiduciary act. And, under the rule, virtually every adviser will be a fiduciary. Read more >
Don’t Forget About Sweep Programs
A sweep program, fund or similar device is a common means used by retirement plan advisers and their affiliates to hold account assets on a short-term basis pending an investment or other transaction. These programs may give rise to prohibited transaction issues under the Internal Revenue Code or the Employee Retirement Income Security Act.  Read more >
Government Plans Will Receive Face-Lift
Unlike 457(b) plans and tax-qualified plans such as 401(k)s, there is no limit on the amount that may be deferred under a 457(f) plan. However, 457(f) plans suffer an important disadvantage when compared with those other types of plans; specifically, the amounts deferred are taxable to the employee when they become vested, rather than when they are paid to him. Read more >
The 'Threat' of the PPA
Thanks to the Pension Protection Act of 2006, we are able to assume that most plan sponsors can add automated plan features if they are interested, and we often question why a plan wouldn’t be interested in such a design feature. Read more >
Momentum
Besides getting people participating in retirement plans, the PPA also provided employers with a chance to improve employees’ asset allocation. It opened the floodgates for target-date funds and set the stage for a high level of comfort for plan sponsors to use TDFs as the qualified default investment alternative. Read more >
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SECURE Act's House Passage Brings Test of Congressional Mediators

With the passage of the SECURE Act by the House of Representatives, experts tell PLANADVISER they are optimistic that agreement will be reached with the Senate during this Congress, but the many supporters of retirement reform will have to wait and see how compromise might be reached.

Many Retirees Wish They Had Delayed Taking Social Security Benefits

MassMutual says a married couple that lives into their 90s but decides to begin their Social Security benefits at age 62 as opposed to age 70 could be leaving as much as half a million dollars on the table, or forfeiting $2,000 to $4,000 a month for life.

Some Expect Senate Action Sooner Than Later on SECURE Act

One retirement industry executive says she believes the Senate could act quite quickly in taking up the SECURE Act, which just passed the House of Representatives with a practically unanimous yea vote.

Another Bill Proposed as Senate Committee Hearing Brings Calls for Retirement Action

Besides a lengthy Finance Committee hearing discussing the popular RESA legislation, the day on Capitol Hill also brought news of the introduction of the new Retirement Security and Savings Act.

Product Development Moves Beyond the 401(k) Plan

Retirement plan advisers with established 401(k) businesses are finding new revenue streams and client engagement opportunities among nonprofits and educational institutions, and in the area of estate planning.

Editorial: Alison Cooke Mintzer alison.mintzer@strategic-i.com

Advertising: Paul Zampitella paul.zampitella@strategic-i.com

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