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Opaque, outdated 401(k) plan disclosures harming investors, advisers

June 20, 2018

Opaque and outdated 401(k) plan disclosures are harming investors and financial advisers trying to gauge whether rolling money out of a workplace retirement plan is in the client's best interest, Morningstar Inc. argues in a new report. The...

DOL fiduciary rule on brink of death as key deadline passes

June 14, 2018

The Department of Labor fiduciary rule is teetering on the brink of death after the Justice Department, which was defending the rule in court, appears to have let a key deadline pass to keep the case alive. On March 15, the 5th Circuit Court...

Defined-contribution plan loan and hardship distribution rules eased

June 8, 2018

401(k)s are for retirement, but some clients who are strapped for cash need access now for any number of reasons. Advisers can help by knowing the latest tax rules. Defined-contribution plans can offer loans and hardship distributions. While...

Taxpayer lobbying group sues to kill California automatic retirement savings plan

June 4, 2018

A taxpayer lobbying organization sued to halt implementation of the California Secure Choice Retirement Savings program, a new state defined contribution plan for private-sector workers that do not have access to a tax-favored retirement plan....

A global call to modernize retirement systems

May 29, 2018

Worrying about the future of retirement is not a uniquely American concern. It is a global phenomenon. Almost half of today's workers and retirees worldwide believe that future generations of retirees will be worse off than those currently in...

Roth conversions can boost Medicare premiums

May 22, 2018

The Tax Cut and Jobs Act of 2017 created generally lower tax rates for 2018 through 2025, presenting an enticing opportunity to convert traditional retirement savings to Roth accounts at today's lower rates. Under current law, individual income...

Divorce 2019: How to use IRAs and 401(k)s to ease future alimony planning

May 11, 2018

Under The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, alimony will not be tax-deductible when paid under divorce and separation agreements executed in 2019 and later. And alimony will be tax-free to recipients. This turnaround from the current treatment of alimony,...

Retirement coverage gap, 401(k) rollovers are big emerging threats for plan advisers

April 16, 2018

The retirement-plan coverage gap and rollovers from 401(k) plans to individual retirement accounts have emerged as two of the largest potential threats for retirement plan advisers, the head of the National Association of Plan Advisors said...

Post-tax-time IRA checkup

April 16, 2018

The due date for filing 2017 tax returns is almost behind us, other than for those clients filing extensions. Now would be a good time to do a post-tax time IRA check-up and make sure that nothing will be overlooked going forward in 2018. 2017...

Guaranteed income tops boomers' retirement wish list

April 9, 2018

Monthly guaranteed income is the most important single trait that aging baby boomers look for in a retirement investment, ranked No. 1 or No. 2 by 41% of participants in the latest annual survey of retirement expectations and preparedness conducted...

What the 5th Circuit decision doesn't do

April 3, 2018

By now, you have probably heard about the decision by the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals. In a nutshell, it threw out the fiduciary rule and the prohibited transaction exemptions that accompanied the rule (including the best-interest contract...

New rules for a 21st century retirement

April 2, 2018

A 21st century retirement needs a new set of rules to provide financial and emotional security for a post-career period that can last 30 years or more. "Rewirement: Rewiring the Way Your Think About Retirement," a new book by professor Jamie...

Use tax management with retirement accounts

March 28, 2018

As we approach tax deadline day on April 17, your clients may have a number of questions for you. Some are easy. "Can I deduct the cost of 12 boxes of Girl Scout cookies I bought?" (No.) "Will you back my claim for 14 dependents?" (No). But...

Senior Wells Fargo exec: No FBI interviews here

March 19, 2018

A senior Wells Fargo & Co. executive Monday morning contradicted a report from last week in the Wall Street Journal that the FBI had recently interviewed employees in the bank's sprawling wealth management group, home to some 14,544 brokers...

4 warnings about using back-door Roth IRAs

March 15, 2018

More of your high-income clients can now move funds to Roth IRAs by using the so-called "back-door Roth" strategy. Unlike traditional IRA contributions, Roth IRA contributions have income limits, but this strategy allows funds to be moved to...

State auto-IRA programs poised to catch advisers' attention

March 13, 2018

The first state auto-IRA plan is up and running. OregonSaves, which launched last year, has more than 19,000 individuals and 300 companies participating. What does this mean for financial advisers? Oregon's foray into the retirement arena is...

DOL fiduciary rule continues to take toll on annuity sales

February 21, 2018

The Department of Labor fiduciary rule and the interest-rate environment delivered a one-two punch to annuity sales last year, pushing them down for the third consecutive year. Compared with the previous year, overall annuity sales dipped 8%...

New tax law provides opportunity for tax-rate arbitrage on Roth IRAs

February 15, 2018

The new, lower 2018 tax rates have made Roth IRA planning more valuable for your clients. These lower rates provide a limited opportunity to help some clients profit from tax-rate arbitrage by capitalizing on the spread between 2017 and 2018...

Tax bill's implications for retirement planning

February 8, 2018

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, passed into law in late 2017 and mainly taking effect in 2018, will be transformative for many Americans and businesses. For the most part, tax laws relating to retirement plans and retirement planning were left alone,...

How advisers can manage IRA rollover risk under the DOL fiduciary rule

January 19, 2018

Advisers need to examine their practices for IRA rollovers in the new fiduciary environment created by the Department of Labor's conflict-of-interest rule. As background, there are three ways an adviser can help a participant with a rollover....

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