PLANADVISER Weekend Newsdash
Week ending February 21st, 2020

Happy Friday, readers! This weekend’s mailing is centered on the timely topic of emergency savings and holistic financial wellness. Skilled retirement plan advisers know that long-term financial success begins with short-term economic stability. Armed with such knowledge, some advisers and their plan sponsor clients are pushing into the areas of emergency savings accounts, debt counseling, tax-advantaged health care savings and more. Collected below is a series of informative articles on these topics. We hope you will share some of what you read with a client or colleague.

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The Case for Automated Emergency Savings Accounts
They are seen as a hedge against retirement plan participants taking loans or hardship withdrawals. Read more >
The Price Tag of Financial Stress
Employers are accustomed to having five generations in the workforce, but they now need to focus on the new expectations Gen Z brings to the workplace, Fidelity says. Read more >
Record Low Unemployment Spotlights Benefits Generosity
Generous and well-designed employee benefits are even more essential when the unemployment rate dips well below 4%—and so is cultivating a sense of trust and inclusion among the workforce. Read more >
The Way to Help Individuals Plan for Retirement Health Costs
Start by presenting health care expenses rationally, as a combination of predictable monthly expenses (insurance premiums) that can be budgeted for, and less predictable expenses (out-of-pocket) that can be managed from savings, a report from T. Rowe Price suggests. Read more >
Limited 529 Plan Knowledge Holds Savers (and Advisers) Back
Educating people about the plans is important, as a recent Edward Jones survey found that only 29% of Americans know what the purpose of these plans are. Read more >
The Positive Impact of Claiming Social Security Later
The Center for Retirement Research says the reduction for claiming early is currently too large while the increase for claiming late is about right. Read more >
MOST POPULAR STORIES
Another Stressed Union Pension to Get PBGC Support

The plan was projected to run out of money at some point this year, but the special financial assistance from PBGC should prevent this outcome.

Class Certified in 401(k) Plan Trustees’ Lawsuit Against John Hancock

The suit alleges that John Hancock Life Insurance Co. violated ERISA by retaining foreign tax credits generated by plans’ investments under a group variable annuity contract.

PPL Corp. and Mass Brigham General Face ERISA Lawsuits

Imprudent investments and excessive fees were themes of lawsuits filed last week against retirement plan fiduciaries.

70% of Eligible Employees Have Joined California’s State-Run Retirement Program

Early evidence suggests the mandate for employers that don’t offer a retirement plan to join CalSavers is driving adoption of new plans.

Retirement Plan Advisers Might Help Lessen ERISA Lawsuits by Adding Defensive Provisions
Advisers can assist plan sponsors with mitigating and preventing claims for benefits and other Employee Retirement Income Security Act claims.
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