PLANADVISER Weekend Newsdash
Week ending December 2nd, 2016
NOTE FROM THE EDITOR
Happy Friday, readers! Here at PLANADVISER we have the privilege of interviewing and working with some of the best and brightest minds in the retirement planning industry. We are particularly proud of our stable of columnists who regularly contribute thoughtful insights and articles to our bi-monthly print edition. Collected below are our most recent columns from esteemed ERISA attorneys including Fred Reish, Joan Neri, Marcia Wagner and David Kaleda. 
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ERISA VISTA: Sweeping Changes in Advice
Retirement plan advice has changed to respond to: plan sponsors’ desire for assistance in satisfying their fiduciary duties; the increased pressure on reducing costs; and the needs of aging Baby Boomers. Here’s our list of some of the most significant changes. Read more >
FIDUCIARY FITNESS: IRS Restricts Salary Deferrals for NQDC Plans
The new proposed 457(f) regulations adopt a similar rule for that type of plan, so that the new 457 requirements will not apply in the event of such a short-term deferral. Read more >
COMPLIANCE CONSULT: The Last 10 Years
The last decade has clearly seen a rise in class action lawsuits under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act, which have left widespread implications, especially for 401(k) plan sponsors. Of particular note are lawsuits focusing on the inclusion of employer stock as an investment option under a participant-directed 401(k) plan—what are now known as “stock drop” suits. Read more >
2016 PLANADVISER Retirement Plan Adviser Survey
When asked to list the five fund families they most often recommend to plan sponsors, chose Vanguard as No. 1, down from 87% last year. Active management is still largely valued, though, as the rest of the top five all have active management funds: American Funds, T. Rowe Price, J.P. Morgan and Fidelity. 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.
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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