PLANADVISER Weekend Newsdash
Week ending November 13th, 2015
NOTE FROM THE EDITOR
Retirees lost a couple of effective but underutilized Social Security claiming strategies in this week’s Bipartisan Budget Act. The changes, which have people scrambling for answers, could mean some opportunity for retirement plan advisers to bring their expertise to plan sponsors. See Editor’s Choice for related stories. 
Editor's choice
Data and Research
Social Security Skepticism
Most Americans don’t believe promised Social Security benefits will be there for them, a poll finds.  Read more >
Data and Research
What Do the Social Security Changes Mean?
Experts from Fidelity and Nationwide Retirement Institute weigh in on the changes in Social Security claiming strategies, and outline some resources for advisers, as well as ways to support their plan sponsor clients and participants.  Read more >
Data and Research
A Harsher Reality for Women as They Weigh Choices
Challenged by lower account balances and longevity, women crave advice on Social Security—and those who work with an adviser say their payment is as they expected, or even higher. Read more >
Compliance
Bipartisan Fiduciary Challenge Seeks to ‘Protect’ Investors
Congressional representatives say their goal is to protect retirement investors and stall the DOL fiduciary rule. Read more >
Data and Research
Retirement Savings Still a Matter of Guesswork, for Most
About two-thirds surveyed believe they will need less than $1 million in today’s dollars in order to retire, or aren’t sure how much they will need. Read more >
MOST POPULAR STORIES
Many Retirees Spending More Than They Expected

However, retirees spend 32% less than non-retirees.

Progressive Plan Design Features Have Moved Down-Market
These are streamlining plan administration, increasing investment diversification and improving participant outcomes.
Consider All Individual Circumstances Before Suggesting 4% Retirement Income Withdrawal
An individual's investment allocation is a big factor to consider when deciding a proper optimal withdrawal rate of savings in retirement, but there are many other factors to consider as well.
ERISA Litigators Reflect on Lessons Learned in 2018
Lessons learned from district and appellate court decisions filed this year can help plan sponsor clients better protect their plans and fiduciary staff; 2018 also brought new trends in regulatory audits and investigations of advisers.
MetLife Pension Calculations Questioned in ERISA Complaint

The complaint suggests MetLife is failing to meet its obligations to ensure different annuity options offered to pension plan participants are actuarially equivalent default benefit, as required under ERISA.

Editorial: Alison Cooke Mintzer alison.mintzer@strategic-i.com

Advertising: Paul Zampitella paul.zampitella@strategic-i.com

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