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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Warn Your Clients: Don’t Abuse Coronavirus Hardship Withdrawals
Though retirement plans can allow individuals to self-certify that they qualify for a penalty-free coronavirus-related distribution, should the IRS discover otherwise during a future audit, a participant can be subject to substantial penalties.
Gen X Facing the Stark Reality of Retirement

More than any other generation, its members are receptive to in-plan guarantees.

IRS Announces Contribution and Benefit Limits for 2021

The limit on contributions by employees who participate in 401(k)s, 403(b)s and most 457 plans remains unchanged at $19,500.

A New World and New Opportunities for Alpha
Pandemic-driven volatility has once again highlighted the relative virtues of active and passive management.
Part Art, Part Science: Managed Account Due Diligence

A managed account program’s fees can be cut in half if it’s selected as a retirement plan’s default investment, although cost is just one of many important due diligence factors. 

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