PLANADVISER Weekend Newsdash
Week ending December 20th, 2019

Four percent annual withdrawals from a defensively positioned portfolio may be a good starting point for spending in retirement, but in reality, such a simple approach will not work for everyone. Collected below are some recent articles exploring the topic of income in retirement. Providers and plan sponsors are innovating in this area, and advisers must keep up with a shifting set of products, regulations and client demands.

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Crafting Annuity Confidence and Clarity Is Hard Work
One passionate analyst says the highly nuanced annuity marketplace does not receive sufficiently careful attention from either the financial services media or potential consumers. Read more >
Business Owners Dream (Wrongly) of an Easy Retirement Transition
Business owners believe strongly in the value of their businesses, so they are often tempted to reinvest everything into the enterprise, thinking that will be their “retirement plan.” Read more >
QDIA Design That Will Better Serve Participants Ready to Retire
Jason Shapiro notes that some DC plan participants may stay in their plan after retirement and rely on TDFs’ asset allocation for retirement income for possibly 30 years or even more. Read more >
The Pros and Cons of Rolling Money Over to an IRA
Experts see more value for participants to move their money from one 401(k) to another 401(k) than from a 401(k) to an individual retirement account. Read more >
Inheritance Pathways Exist to Replace Stretch IRAs
The SECURE Act is stalled in the U.S. Senate due in part to several lawmakers’ concerns that it does away with so-called “stretch IRAs,” but tax and inheritance experts say other effective tax mitigation strategies are available. Read more >
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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.
Gen X Facing the Stark Reality of Retirement

More than any other generation, its members are receptive to in-plan guarantees.

IRS Announces Contribution and Benefit Limits for 2021

The limit on contributions by employees who participate in 401(k)s, 403(b)s and most 457 plans remains unchanged at $19,500.

A New World and New Opportunities for Alpha
Pandemic-driven volatility has once again highlighted the relative virtues of active and passive management.
Part Art, Part Science: Managed Account Due Diligence

A managed account program’s fees can be cut in half if it’s selected as a retirement plan’s default investment, although cost is just one of many important due diligence factors. 

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