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.
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.
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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.
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The SECURE Act is stalled in the U.S. Senate due in part to several lawmakers’ concerns that it does away with so-called “stretch IRAs,” but tax and inheritance experts say other effective tax mitigation strategies are available.
Low and middle-income Americans struggling to save for retirement are depending on the U.S. Senate to pass the SECURE Act, advocates say. At present, one roadblock seems to the law’s treatment of “stretch IRAs.”