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 >
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New York City Council Approves Auto-Enroll IRA Program

The proposal creates a mandatory automatic enrollment individual retirement account program for employers that do not offer a retirement plan and employ at least five people.

‘SECURE Act 2.0’ Appears Ready to Clear Committee

Sources say the House Ways and Means Committee will likely vote to advance the Securing a Strong Retirement Act of 2021, often called a follow-up to the SECURE Act, as soon as tomorrow afternoon.

Stimulus Bill Extends Some Provisions of the CARES Act

It also provides a way for retirement plan sponsors to avoid a partial plan termination.

DOL Investigation Lessons Learned From Long Experience

Drawing on their collective decades of experience working inside and outside the DOL, a panel of expert ERISA attorneys convened this week by Faegre Drinker had a lot of timely lessons to share regarding investigations of investment advisers.

Coronavirus Hardship Withdrawals, Taxes and Your Retirement Plan Clients
Coronavirus-related withdrawals made in 2020 were a financial lifeline for some, but they could also turn into a major tax headache for others.
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