PLANADVISER Weekend Newsdash
Week ending October 18th, 2019

Happy Friday, readers! This edition of PLANADVISERweekend examines a variety of stories tied to the topic of income in retirement. We present a crash course in Social Security maximization, a detailed discussion of inheritance and tax mitigation strategies, an overview of the many retirement plan distribution options participants have, and more. We hope you will share some of what you read with a client or colleague.

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Inheritance Pathways Exist to Replace Stretch IRAs
The SECURE Act is stalled in the U.S. Senate due in part to several lawmakers’ concerns that it does away with so-called “stretch IRAs,” but tax and inheritance experts say other effective tax mitigation strategies are available. Read more >
A Crash Course in Social Security Maximization
Cost of living increases, claiming age, marital status and work history all complicate Social Security claiming strategies. Read more >
Participants Not Up to Speed on Distribution Options
“There can be huge consequences from making the wrong decision, ranging from taxes and penalties to higher fees and risky or poor performing investments,” says Ric Edelman, with Edelman Financial Engines. Read more >
Dissecting the Custom Target-Date Fund Market
The 2019 PLANSPONSOR Target-Date Fund (TDF) Buyer’s Guide breaks down the custom TDF market by provider, series name, glide path landing point, number of funds per series, and according to the underlying fund vehicle. Read more >
Plugging the Leak: Uncashed Distribution Checks
Drip… drip… drip. The slow drip of defined contribution plan leakage continues. Read more >
401(k) Investors Continue to Flee Equities
The third quarter marked the seventh consecutive quarter that 401(k) participants have moved their money from equities into fixed income, according to Alight. Read more >
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Three New ERISA Lawsuits Bash Actively Managed TDFs

Three new lawsuits question the offering of actively managed target-date funds to retirement plan participants.

$300 Million Plan Faces ERISA Fiduciary Breach Lawsuit

The plan being challenged in the latest fiduciary breach lawsuit held less than $300 million as of the start of last year, making it one of the smallest to become the target of an ERISA complaint.

Attorneys Offer Closer Reading of DOL’s Open MEP RFI

Advisers and broker/dealers hoping to work with open multiple employer plans now have a short window to offer their perspectives to the Department of Labor and the Internal Revenue Service.

Another Lawsuit Challenges Use of Untested CITs in 401(k) Plan

A similar lawsuit was filed in May against an investment manager and a different plan sponsor.

DOL Aims to Quickly Simplify Conflict of Interest Framework

The main theme of the new fiduciary rule proposal is alignment with other regulators—the SEC and FINRA in particular—but the agency is by no means surrendering its jurisdiction over tax-qualified retirement plans.

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