PLANADVISER Weekend Newsdash
Week ending December 4th, 2020

Complementing our online news, the bimonthly print edition of PLANADVISER contains extensive analysis of the most important retirement industry events and market trends. We also present our own proprietary research and columns from leading ERISA attorneys. Find some of our latest “print coverage” linked below, including selected findings from the 2020 Retirement Plan Adviser Survey.

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A Careful Inspection
Advisers can help clients assess whether they’re fulfilling their role as fiduciaries. Read more >
2020 PLANADVISER Retirement Plan Adviser Survey
Retirement plan advisers, perhaps more than any other experts in our industry, have a good sense of the relative strength of the products and services offered by investment and recordkeeping providers. Read more >
Never Too Late
Strategies to help clients who are behind on saving ‘retrieve’ lost time. Read more >
Inflation Protection for DC Investors
TIPS? REITs? Infrastructure stocks? What inflation-sensitive assets will help this time? Read more >
Keeping Clients Safe
Past Advisers of the Year discuss the evolution of their fiduciary services. Read more >
Whether—and How—to Vote Proxies
The DOL has held the position that the fiduciary act of managing ERISA-covered plan assets includes the management of voting rights, and shareholder rights, appurtenant to shares of stock.  Read more >
A Return to Rollover Advice
Most of my clients are individuals, and many of my new client relationships are individual retirement accounts resulting from my rollover recommendations to people who are 401(k) participants. I don’t provide advice, or any other services, to 401(k) plans. How does the Department of Labor (DOL)’s recent proposed exemption affect the rollover advice I provide to plan participants? Read more >
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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.
Once They Catch On, PEPs Could Grow Exponentially
The current hesitancy over how they will take shape will be overcome by appreciation among advisers and sponsors alike at the prospect of expanding retirement coverage, sources say.
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.
Lawsuit Challenges Fees in Kimberly-Clark's 401(k) Plan

The plaintiffs allege plan fiduciaries used what it calls ‘cobbled-together services from many providers’ and didn't monitor fees for any of them.

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