Last month, the U.S. Congress passed a spending bill that included bipartisan legislation called the SECURE Act (aka Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement Act of 2019). The Act is focused on increasing the number of people saving for retirement and the amount they are able to save. The President signed the spending bill and the SECURE Act into law on December 20, 2019.
Like most new pieces of legislation, there are new things we don’t know and things we will discover over time. To get us familiar with the law, I’ve put together a round-up of articles on the subject.
What is the SECURE Act and How Could it Affect Your Retirement? I’ve become a fan of Investopedia’s daily electronic newsletter. This article from them shares how SECURE could change our individual retirement accounts (IRAs), 401(k)s, and required minimum distributions (RMDs).
SECURE Act Alters 401(k) Compliance Landscape. You might not be a human resources professional like me but I often find the best way to learn about subjects is from the point-of-view of the person who has to administer programs related to them. This article from the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) explains how 401(k) administration will change.
The SECURE Act. Like the SHRM article above, the National Association of Plan Advisors (NAPA) has put together a resource page on the new law. It includes the actual legislation, news articles, etc. NAPA is an affiliate organization of the American Retirement Association, previously known as the American Society of Pension Actuaries.
A new law is bringing big changes for retirement savers, especially parents. Michelle Singletary writes a nationally syndicated column focused on personal finance for the Washington Post. This article does a nice job of explaining the highlights of the law as well as some of the downsides to the new legislation.
5 Things Affluent Retirees Should Do Now that the SECURE Act has Passed. Don’t let the word “affluent” in the title deter you from reading this piece from Kiplinger. Like the Washington Post article, the author provides practical suggestions for anyone who is retirement planning.
At times, retirement can seem so far away that it’s easy to push these articles to the bottom of the reading pile. Retirement planning is an important activity. At some point, we have to start carving out time for it. That way, when it’s time to take action, our learning curve won’t be quite as steep.
What do you think of the SECURE Act? What questions do you have about the new law?