PLANADVISER Weekend Newsdash
Week ending October 25th, 2019

Happy Friday, readers! This weekend’s mailing offers a thought-provoking mix of stories on the ever-important topic of client service. These days, advisers are increasingly being called upon to provide support and education on such challenging topics as Social Security, intergenerational wealth transfers, retirement income and dealing with market volatility. We hope you share some of what you read with a client or colleague. 

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Social Security Benefits to Rise 1.6% in 2020
Social Security is a big part of retirement income planning for employees. 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 >
What Prolonged Low Rates Mean for TDF Investors
While they are responding in different ways, tactical and strategic target-date fund managers all have to adjust to a new normal of persistently low U.S. and global interest rates. Read more >
Retirement Income Coming Soon to a 401(k) Near You
Experts believe that in the next few years, DC plan sponsors will embrace this option. Read more >
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 >
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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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