PLANADVISER Weekend Newsdash
Week ending October 4th, 2019

Retirement income is increasingly on the minds of plan sponsors, so it is a topic that advisers need to at least begin to explore. It certainly was a big topic at our recent PLANADVISER National Conference. Some experts think that within the next few years, sponsors will begin to embrace retirement income options. The Transamerica Center for Retirement Studies thinks that at least part of the solution is permitting people age 65 and older to phase into retirement. At the very least, advisers should suggest that plans amend their plan documents to permit retirees to take systematic withdrawals, rather than a lump-sum distribution, experts say. And they warn that many recordkeepers charge transaction fees as high as $50, so that is something advisers will need to negotiate on behalf of their clients, should they go down this route.

Retirement Income
Illustrative Stories Can Help With Understanding Retirement Income Choices
Whether by video or written text, researchers found a short story significantly improved test scores about annuities and Social Security claiming. Read more >
Retirement Income Coming Soon to a 401(k) Near You
Experts believe that in the next few years, DC plan sponsors will embrace this option. Read more >
Helping People Work Past Age 65
While 75% of employers consider their companies to be “aging friendly,” only 54% of workers think their companies have adopted such policies. Read more >
PANC 2019: Unlocking the Retirement Income Dilemma
Sponsors are beginning to be willing to adapt their plans to accommodate retirees’ lifetime income needs. Read more >
PANC 2019: The Fundamentals of Retirement Income Products
Thanks to legislation such as the SECURE Act, new products and the need, the market is warming to guaranteed income. 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.
Many Near-Retirees Don't Understand Social Security Benefits

More than one-third failed a basic Social Security quiz administered by MassMutual.

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