PLANADVISER Weekend Newsdash
Week ending September 29th, 2018

Happy Friday, readers! The editors of PLANADVISER want to extend our sincere gratitude to all of those who attended the 2018 PLANADVISER National Conference this week in Orlando—and especially to those who participated in panels and presentations. For those who missed the event, this weekend’s newsletter offers a detailed recap of the challenges, opportunities, solutions and strategies discussed by leading advisers, providers and plan sponsors. If you enjoyed the event, you may want to learn more about our upcoming “Best of PSNC” one-day events, or our first-ever HSA Conference—coming soon to New York City.

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PANC 2018: DOL Audits of Retirement Plan Advisers
The DOL wants to ensure that retirement plan advisers are delivering on all services listed in their contracts with retirement plan sponsors. Read more >
PANC 2018: Stable Value Fund Mechanics
Ten years after the Great Recession, there continues to be a great focus on the best way to handle capital preservation on the DC retirement plan menu. Read more >
PANC 2018: Responding to RFPs
It has become more common for plans with upwards of $20 million in assets to go through a formal RFP process to find a new adviser, but it can be a cumbersome process to respond. Read more >
PANC 2018: Top Trends
A look at actively managed versus passively managed equity and bond funds, blended target-date funds, and with more sponsors encouraging retirees to remain in their plan, how defined contribution plans need to address retirement income solutions. Read more >
PANC 2018: Plan Committee Excellence
To this day, one of the most common reasons plan sponsors turn to advisers is to get assistance with governance, including items such as putting in processes that help avoid litigation and running an efficient committee meeting. Read more >
PANC 2018: Practice Efficiencies
The importance of hiring the right people and managing their functions efficiently. Read more >
PANC 2018: Financial Wellness
The importance of measuring return on investment and addressing participants’ short-term needs. Read more >
PANC 2018: Team Building
The various ways to expand your practice. Read more >
PANC 2018: The Future of Retirement Advising
A look at consolidation, the role of recordkeepers and the importance of financial wellness programs. Read more >
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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.
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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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