PLANADVISER Weekend Newsdash
Week ending November 6th, 2015
NOTE FROM THE EDITOR
Another work week has come and gone, leaving us all plenty of market and regulatory news to digest. Whether you’re following the Financial Engines acquisition or the Boeing fee case settlement, this edition of PLANADVISERweekend has the information you need to get a jump on Monday.
Editor's choice
Financial Engines to Acquire Brick-and-Mortar Advisory
Not convinced that robo-advisers are shaking up the defined contribution retirement plan advisory space? This week’s news that digital-advice darling Financial Engines will acquire a firmly established traditional advisory chain, The Mutual Fund Store, might finally change your mind. Read more >
Settlement Terms and Price Tag Revealed in Boeing Fee Case
The retirement planning industry already knew Boeing would settle the nearly decade-old 401(k) litigation, but a trove of new details emerged this week as both parties agreed to final settlement terms.   Read more >
Does the Intel Retirement Plans Case Have Merit?
The Department of Labor itself encourages retirement plan sponsors to consider custom target-date funds in ERISA plans, yet this week the use of such funds was questioned by a lawsuit filed against Intel. PLANADVISER reached out to Marcia Wagner, principle with Wagner Law Group in Boston, for comments about the case. Read more >
Cerulli Forecasts $7.8T Robo Market
The rapidly expanding retail channel also means rapid growth in robo-advice providers, according to Cerulli Associates.  Read more >
Using ACA as Bridge to Retirement Health Coverage
There are some deep-seated and opposing opinions about what the ACA is doing to the American health care system, but Prudential says those who have left full-time jobs and are under age 65 might have the most to gain. 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.
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.
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.

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