PLANADVISER Weekend Newsdash
Week ending October 6th, 2017
NOTE FROM THE EDITOR
Happy Friday readers! In anticipation of next week’s 2017 PLANADVISER National Conference, this mailing focuses on the topic of practice management. Find below timely research, news articles and features that will help you maximize client service and growth strategies. Enjoy reading, and we hope to see you next week in Orlando!  
Practice Management
Mapping Industry Change Just Part of the Job
From a rapidly evolving recordkeeping provider landscape to a potential wholesale rewrite of the tax treatment of retirement assets, today’s environment puts advisers and their clients in a constant state of flux. Read more >
Industry Trends Threaten Traditional Broker/Dealer Model
Broker/dealers can address new regulatory pressures, and new competition, by enhancing their value proposition and embracing technology, a report by Cerulli suggests. Read more >
J.P. Morgan Retirement Link Sales Head Dissects Advisory Industry Progress
Charlie Cote, head of Retirement Link Sales at J.P. Morgan Asset Management, reflects on two decades of working with defined contribution retirement plan investors. Read more >
PLANADVISER Practice Benchmarking Survey
What do retirement plan advisers view as their biggest challenges? Their greatest opportunities? What are the primary benefits they receive from custodians and broker/dealers? Read more >
Many Asset Managers, B/Ds Don’t Trust Compliance Programs
In addition, many are not confident in their firm’s cybersecurity. Read more >
PLANADVISER Adviser Value Survey
A survey of plan sponsors reveals what services from their retirement plan advisers they perceive to be beneficial. 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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