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The secure act contained a number of provisions designed to help improve retirement outcomes, for example, pooled employer plans (peps) and a fiduciary safe harbor for guaranteed retirement income in plans. However, there is another part of the Act that has not been publicized but that will likely help improve outcomes for participants and present opportunities for financial professionals. That is a requirement that defined contribution plans (e.g., 401(k) plans) give statements to participants with projections of their retirement income.
Before getting into the details of the new law, let’s look at what it means.
The views expressed here are those of Fred Reish. They should not be construed as investment advice or as the views of Hartford Funds or the employees of Hartford Funds. They are based on available information and are subject to change without notice. The information above is intended as general information and is not intended to provide, nor may it be construed as providing, tax, accounting or legal advice. As with all matters of a tax or legal nature, please consult with your tax or legal counsel for advice. This material and/or its contents are current at the time of writing and may not be reproduced or distributed in whole or in part, for any purpose, without the express written consent of Fred Reish.
Fred Reish is an ERISA attorney whose practice focuses on fiduciary responsibility, retirement income, and plan operational issues. He has been recognized as one of the “legends” of the retirement industry by both PLANADVISER magazine and PLANSPONSOR magazine.
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