PLANADVISER Weekend Newsdash
Week ending June 29th, 2018

Happy Friday! Regular readers of the PLANADVISER website, newsletter and magazine will already know about the DC decumulation challenge—the broad and pressing question of how to help defined contribution plan participants make the most of their accumulated assets. But they may not have read about all the different ways established and emerging service providers are tackling the issue. As you will lean from the articles and research reports presented below, there are exciting new approaches and strategies coming online to help retiring participants control the drawing down of their DC plan assets. These include tax management solutions, Social Security optimization, new types of annuities and income insurance, and much more. We hope you share some of what you learn with a client or colleague.

Retirement Income and Rollovers
Considerations for Helping Terminating and Retiring Participants
“If a plan sponsor can invest in an adviser or other person to provide direction for terminating or retiring employees, that would be extremely helpful,” Terry Dunne, from Millennium Trust Company, told 2018 PLANSPONSOR National Conference attendees. Read more >
More Regulation Might Not Be Needed To Boost Use of DC Plan Lifetime Income
Experts suggest an additional annuity safe harbor regulation is unlikely and perhaps even unneeded for promoting greater use of in-plan lifetime income solutions, given that sponsors’ hesitation is often misplaced. Read more >
DC Plan Industry Still Falls Short on Distribution Options
Looking across today’s DC plan marketplace, researchers suggest it is still much more common to see plan designs that are tailored to drive retired or terminated participants out of the plan. Read more >
Prudent Default Can Include Lifetime Income Elements: DOL
In an information letter to Christopher Spence, senior director, Federal Government Relations at TIAA, the Department of Labor says a defined contribution plan could prudently choose a default investment for the plan that contains lifetime income elements. Read more >
Guidance Issued for Including Annuities in TDFs
The Department of the Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service have issued guidance designed to expand the use of income annuities in 401(k) plans. Read more >
Don’t Run Out of Money, Have a Retirement Income Plan
In a guest article written for PLANADVISER, Thomas Dodd, executive director of Pavilion Advisory Group Inc., compares and contrasts common retirement income strategies—including the pros and cons of each method, as viewed from the perspective of participants. Read more >
Social Security Uncertainty Must Inspire Concerted Action
Commenting on new Social Security deficit projection figures published this week, Rob Fishbein, corporate counsel at Prudential Financial, says it’s not time to hit the panic button yet—but it is time to take very seriously the retirement income challenge individuals face. Read more >
The PLANADVISER Product Launch Archive
Looking back over years of product announcements can be surprisingly interesting and informative. Whether it’s the forlorn arch of the DOL fiduciary rule or the steady evolution in target-date funds, there’s a lot to take in. 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.
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.
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.
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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