PLANADVISER Weekend Newsdash
Week ending February 22nd, 2019

Happy Friday, readers! Experienced retirement plan advisers know the needs and objectives of individuals can vary quite a bit even across a small retirement plan population. This makes the task of client service both challenging and rewarding. Some investors face familial caregiving burdens, some carry significant debt, and others face widowhood or poor health. As noted in the articles below, advisers can play a big role in helping clients address all of these issues from a financial perspective. We hope you will share some of what you read with a client or colleague.

Client Service
Familial Caregiving Impacts Many Clients’ Finances
One in five U.S. adults currently assists an older family member with daily tasks or housing, according to a new survey from RBC Wealth Management; in addition to causing stress and anxiety, the impact of caregiving can be significant on an individual’s financial health. Read more >
Retirement Readiness Is Possible for Caregivers, But It’s Tough
It’s not hard to imagine why caregivers deprioritize their retirement savings; harder to figure out is how to support caregivers as they work to build their own financial wellness and retirement wealth. Read more >
The Dual Roles of Saving and Debt Reduction
By talking about the power of compounding and emphasizing the importance of investing at the same time one is paying down debt, advisers can inspire younger clients to save more and save earlier.   Read more >
Assessing the Impact of Widowhood on Retirement Readiness
The adviser is in a good position to remind widowed individuals to continue to think about and plan for the long-term financial future—difficult as that may be after the loss of a spouse. Read more >
Employers Likely to Ramp Up Student Loan Repayment Benefits
While not a traditional topic for retirement specialist advisers to speak about, experts agree that student loan repayment benefits are a powerful boon to financial wellness programming—and a topic that financial advisers should learn more about.  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

10th Circuit Affirms Great-West Fee Suit Dismissal

The district court ruling in the case, now backed by an appeals court, stands out for having been filed alongside a sanction declaring the plaintiff’s law firm Schlichter Bogard & Denton behaved “recklessly.”

Scrutinizing TDFs and Considering Balanced Funds
Both options hold more than a trillion dollars in assets; weighing their relative merits remains an important task for advisers and their clients.
Seeing the Bigger QDIA Picture
Are custom solutions worth the effort? Is passive more appropriate than active? It all depends on the adviser and the client.
401(a) Plan Sponsor's Use of Asset Allocation Solution Challenged in Lawsuit

The suit says the solution directed participant contributions into high-cost investments.

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