Happy Friday, readers! Skilled retirement plan advisers already know the next frontier of DC plan optimization is the “decumulation challenge.” Experts agree the spending phase of retirement savings is far more complicated than the accumulation effort. Fortunately, advisers can play a big role in helping plan participants make sense of how to build a sustainable retirement paycheck. As Voya Financial learned in a survey published this week, nearly all of those who work with an adviser feel they have prepared themselves well for estimating their monthly income needs in retirement.
Based on the results of a new CANNEX study, advisers who are looking to provide clients with guaranteed income should seriously consider both income annuities and savings annuity contracts that offer GLWBs.
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There have already been regulations to address DC plan sponsors’ concerns about adding retirement income products to their plan, and Angela Winingham, with MetLife, said she thinks there will be a continuation of that.
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Low and middle-income Americans struggling to save for retirement are depending on the U.S. Senate to pass the SECURE Act, advocates say. At present, one roadblock seems to the law’s treatment of “stretch IRAs.”
Washington insiders say Senator Ted Cruz is probably the biggest roadblock to the SECURE Act being passed in the near-term under unanimous consent; among other issues, he wants the bill to allow people to use tax-advantaged 529 college savings accounts to pay for home school expenses.