Top of Mind


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Apr 2020

CARES Act Myths

More than one month has passed since the enactment of the CARES Act, yet there are still many widely held misconceptions about the retirement plan-related provisions. In this week’s Top of Mind, we attempt to dispel some of those myths. Myth # 1: Anyone can take advantage of the new CARES Act loan …

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23

Apr 2020

CARES Act Loan Provision: The "Fly in the Ointment"

In a recent Top of Mind post, we discussed why plan sponsors should be wary of blindly adopting all of the CARES Act loan and distributions provisions. Well, it turns out that there is quirk in the CARES Act provisions regarding COVID-19 loans that is giving plan sponsors a reason to pause. This is…

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16

Apr 2020

CARES Act Q&A

Having just finished reading an epic piece (30 pages!) from S. Derrin Watson on the CARES Act retirement plan and related provisions, I thought a CARES Act Q&A on the top the five questions that appear to be tripping people up the most might be in order. The answers are based on the collective wisdo…

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09

Apr 2020

Before You Adopt Those COVID-19 Loan and Distribution Provisions…

The new CARES Act retirement plan distribution and loan provisions for participants affected by the COVID-19 pandemic are apparently quite popular with retirement plan recordkeepers, so much so that at least one large recordkeeper told their plan sponsors that they had just five days to opt out, or …

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02

Apr 2020

Before You Take that Retirement Plan Withdrawal…

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) signed into law last week makes it easier than ever to take distributions and loans from a retirement plan, with fewer tax consequences. Beyond this provision, employers may also voluntarily make it easier to take withdrawals and loan…

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26

Mar 2020

Putting Retirement Plan Losses in Perspective

I’m not thrilled with the recent market volatility, and I suspect that you’re not either! Like many, my retirement plan account has suffered, and, as someone in my 50s, this is not great news. However, it has not suffered as much as the Dow Jones Industrial Average (down 25.7% year-to-date, as of 3/…

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12

Mar 2020

Looking to Buy an Annuity? You May Already Have One!

Annuities, a form of investment that can provide a future stream of income payments to their owners, are aggressively marketed in retirement plans. And, it appears that the recent market uncertainties will only exacerbate the situation. While annuities serve as an important component in retirement p…

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05

Mar 2020

How to Delay and/or Avoid Required Minimum Distributions

While the SECURE Act raised the commencement age from age 70½ to 72 for required minimum distributions (RMDs), there are actually a number of other ways that retirement plan participants can delay and/or avoid minimum distribution requirements if they plan ahead. Consolidate pre-tax retirement plan…

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27

Feb 2020

Random Nuggets I’ve Learned from the Internet, 2nd Edition

One of the benefits of constantly consuming retirement-related content is that, even after 28 years in the retirement business (yes, I’m old!), there is still an endless number of things to learn. In the second edition of “Random Nuggets I’ve Learned from the Internet,” I cover some of those.While i…

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