PLANADVISER Weekend Newsdash
Week ending May 29th, 2020

Greetings loyal readers! Here at PLANADVISER Magazine, we are lucky to receive a regular flow of guest bylines written by some of the leading attorneys and executives in the retirement plan services industry. Appearing both in print and online, these guest articles are a fantastic complement to our normal editorial coverage. Collected below are some of our most recent guest bylines. We hope you find them helpful and consider sharing some of what you read with a client or colleague. Stay well!

Editor's choice
Financial Wellness in the Age of Pandemics
Pandemics are not only a public health crisis, but also a crisis of employee confidence. Tech-savvy advisers and employers can help. Read more >
Be Stronger in the Recovery
Todd Kading, president and co-founder of LeafHouse Financial, discusses the importance of flexibility and innovation when the tough times arrive. Read more >
Planning for Clients’ Health Care Expenses in Event of a Layoff
Mark Waterstraat, president of consumer solutions at Alegeus, offers simple steps to coach clients through managing their health care finances after a layoff. For example, did you know that individuals can use HSA funds to pay COBRA premiums tax-free? Read more >
On Small Plans and Large
Any size plan could be a target for fee litigation. Read more >
New Obligation to the SEC
The Form CRS disclosure obligation will be triggered when you provide rollover advice to an individual who comes to you as a retail investor. There are two disclosures for rollovers. One is for new clients and the other is for existing clients, each with specific delivery requirements. Read more >
A New Way to Think About Building a Retirement Planning Practice
In my experience, advisers who sell start-up 401(k) plans close 3% to 6% of the time. Sometimes, the employer chooses a competitor. More often, the employer does nothing because a 401(k) plan is not a good fit for the business. Perhaps the business is too small, or the plan is too expensive. 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.
Many Near-Retirees Don't Understand Social Security Benefits

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

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.
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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