PLANADVISER Weekend Newsdash
Week ending October 14th, 2016
NOTE FROM THE EDITOR
Happy Friday, readers. Did you know that PLANADVISER print just entered its 10th anniversary volume? And what a decade it has been. If you’re reading this newsletter, we probably don’t have to remind you of the massive changes that have occurred for retirement plan advisers and their service provider partners—pertaining to all aspects of running a profitable and compliant advisory business. Collected below are a some highlights from our first issue of Volume 10 of PLANADVISER Magazine, focused on helping advisers gain an edge in the next decade and beyond.
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New Frontier
“We know that in the last 10 years or so, the advisory community has been quite successful in its effort to evolve, moving away from being purely investment experts to embrace the role of a retirement plan design consultant,” says Jordan Burgess, a long-time Fidelity executive who now oversees defined contribution investment only sales for Fidelity Institutional Asset Management in Boston. Read more >
2016 PLANADVISER Retirement Plan Adviser Survey
Although educating participants and helping plan sponsors craft the best possible plan design for their company may be two of the most important functions of a retirement plan adviser, aiding sponsors in their selection of investment options, not to mention the most appropriate recordkeeper for their plan, certainly are two other critical functions. The 2016 PLANADVISER Retirement Plan Adviser Survey, our 10th, examines the factors advisers consider when selecting these providers and discovers with which providers and investment managers advisers prefer to do business. Read more >
Fiduciary Crunch Time
It will not be easy or particularly fun, actually sitting down to read the fiduciary rulemaking language, but there is so much that can vary from practice to practice, individual firms absolutely must perform their own close review. Read more >
Motivating Your Staff
How a retirement plan adviser firm approaches ongoing education begins with company culture. At least that’s true for Francis Investment Counsel and Channel Financial, two independent firms whose training philosophy reflects their companies’ vision. Read more >
Millennials Essential
Many studies have shown that two-thirds of retirement advisory practices have no succession plan. This widespread failure among retirement plan practices to consider the future can be particularly troubling, as “the average age of all advisers today is 51, 21% are over the age of 60, and 50% are within 15 years of retiring,” says Richard Saperstein, managing director and chief investment officer (CIO) at HighTower Treasury Partners in New York City. Read more >
MOST POPULAR STORIES
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.
Once They Catch On, PEPs Could Grow Exponentially
The current hesitancy over how they will take shape will be overcome by appreciation among advisers and sponsors alike at the prospect of expanding retirement coverage, sources say.
Many Near-Retirees Don't Understand Social Security Benefits

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

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