PLANADVISER Weekend Newsdash
Week ending January 10th, 2020

Happy Friday, readers! This weekend’s newsletter focuses on the always timely topics of investing and the markets. Recent PLANADVISER articles have touched on such themes as the growing acceptance of ESG investing in the United States, the potential performance of stocks and bonds in 2020, the importance of using participant data in default investment decisions, and more. We hope you will share some of what you read with a client or colleague.

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Keeping Defaulted Participants on the Right Path
Roughly 80% of participants initially accept target-date funds when they are offered as the default investment, although acceptance declines to approximately 70% after five years of participation. Read more >
Predictions of Growth and a ‘Status Quo’ Presidential Election
Are earnings estimates too high? Is the trade progress substance or show? How long can a recession be avoided? What might the election mean for the economy? Read more >
Advocates Hope a New Decade Will Bring Continued ESG Progress
Experts says environmental, social and governance investing mandates are being boiled down to more practical, discrete risk areas, such as cybersecurity or board diversity. Read more >
Carbon-Sensitive Portfolios Perform as Well as Those That Aren’t
S&P studied companies demonstrating three levels of carbon sensitivity and found that all three held up in terms of stock performance; furthermore, S&P says these companies are well managed. Read more >
Increased Volatility Projected for 2020, but No Recession
Asset managers also expect modest economic growth to shift investors’ attention to smaller companies, value stocks and cyclical sectors. Read more >
What Might the SECURE Act Mean for Lifetime Income?
Giving retirement plan sponsors legal protections when they offer lifetime income products doesn’t change the fact that investors generally have low opinions of annuities. Read more >
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‘Secure Act 2.0’ Likely to Become a Reality

Retirement Plan Execs Confident Senate Will Pass the Bill Into Law

Health, Family, Purpose, Finances: ‘The New Four Pillars of Retirement’ 

Edward Jones and Age Wave say advisers should take a new approach to working with retirees by helping them determine what they want to do when they stop working.

Excessive Fee Lawsuits Expected to Continue to Rain Down on Plans
Settlements have totaled more than $1 billion, making insurers think twice about new fiduciary insurance policies.
Judge Significantly Pares Down Claims in ERISA Excessive Fee Suit

Some claims against Konica Minolta and its 401(k) committee were moved forward but all claims against the company’s board were dismissed.

Retirement Plan Clients Should Anticipate DOL Cybersecurity Inquiries

Attorneys have confirmed that the DOL has begun an audit initiative and is asking for a broad range of cybersecurity information and documentation.

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