PLANADVISER Weekend Newsdash
Week ending October 11th, 2019

Happy Friday, readers! This weekend’s newsletter compiles recent coverage of the various retirement plan advisory industry regulators, particularly the Department of Labor and the Securities and Exchange Commission. We also examine reports that the New York State Department of Financial Services is planning to investigate sales of annuities in the 403(b) retirement plan market. We hope you will share some of what you read with a client or colleague. 

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While Popular, Default Electronic Delivery of Plan Documents Irks Some
Retirement plan service providers generally support making electronic delivery of documents the default, but print communication industry organizations and some consumer groups say the paper default should remain. Read more >
New York Financial Services Regulator Starts Investigation of Annuities in 403(b)s
It is looking into whether agents are engaging in deceptive and unfair sales practices, such as failing to appropriately disclose product costs and merits. Read more >
Co-Founder of XY Planning on Why His Firm Has Sued the SEC Over Reg BI
The rule blurs the line between advice and sales, potentially hurting both advisers and investors, he says. Read more >
Senate Confirms Eugene Scalia as Labor Secretary
Eugene Scalia is known for having worked in the trenches of a number of labor issues for many years, and experts suggest he could have a big influence on the DOL’s agenda. Read more >
Risk Management for Advisers
Expert attorneys and fiduciary insurance carriers demonstrate how advisers can put their best foot forward. 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.
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.
Part Art, Part Science: Managed Account Due Diligence

A managed account program’s fees can be cut in half if it’s selected as a retirement plan’s default investment, although cost is just one of many important due diligence factors. 

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