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Advisers back Trump’s directive to ease distribution rules for retirement accounts

Aug 31st, 2018

Investment advisers support President Donald J. Trump’s effort to allow people to keep money in their retirement accounts longer.

This afternoon at an event in Charlotte, N.C., Mr. Trump will sign an executive order directing the Treasury Department to review regulations that require savers to start taking money out of 401k and individual retirement accounts at the age of 70½. The agency will determine whether the age limit should be raised to better match life expectancy.

Another part of the retirement-security executive order directs Treasury and the Labor Department to issue regulations that would make it easier for small companies to offer retirement programs for their workers. The revised rules would enable more companies to participate in multiple employer plans, which reduce costs and administrative burdens.

Many advisers were receptive to adjusting RMD requirements.

“A lot of clients don’t want to take the money out; they’re forced to take it out,” said Edward Snyder, president and co-founder of Oaktree Financial Advisors. “Giving them the flexibility to leave the money in and grow would be welcome to them.”

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