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 >
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TOP 100 Retirement Plan Advisers
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What Is a DOL Adviser Investigation Like?
The number of Department of Labor investigations of financial advisers has steadily increased over the years; here is a primer on the DOL’s sources of authority, and what to expect when examiners come knocking.
Managed Account QDIA Mechanics Challenge Plan Sponsor Clients
ERISA attorneys and plan design consultants say they are hearing more questions from sponsors about using managed accounts as a plan’s default investment, but the most common use case remains opt-in managed accounts.
Assessing Likely Impacts of IRS Hardship Withdrawal Rule Changes
New rules established by Congress and the IRS simplify the process for participants to request a hardship withdrawal of DC plan assets; some experts say this could increase “leakage,” while others anticipate more positive effects, such as lower debt among cash-strapped participants.
Court Returns Mixed Ruling in Schwab ERISA Self-Dealing Suit

The detailed ruling comes after Schwab defendants moved to dismiss in part the plaintiff’s second amended complaint. 

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

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

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