PLANADVISER Weekend Newsdash
Week ending May 17th, 2019

Happy Friday, readers! Do you have clients concerned about stock market volatility? Speaking this week with PLANADVISER, Bob Browne, CIO at Northern Trust, said investors are always asking about the prospect of a recession when stock prices swing down. “What I tell them today is that, in our five-year outlook, we do foresee the potential for some slowing down of global growth. But let me be clear. Growth may moderate over the next five year period but we do not see a high likelihood of a recession.” Find more of his commentary below, along with articles on other client service issues.

Client Service
As Bull Market Ages, Coaching Investors on Volatility Remains a Must
Novice investors’ reactions to stock market volatility present an endless and intriguing field of study for behavioral economists, but for financial advisers, poor client decisionmaking is a serious issue. Read more >
Your Clients’ Cybersecurity Concerns
Retirement plan advisers can help plan sponsor clients know their providers are taking the right steps to protect participant data—without exposing information hackers can find. Read more >
Addressing Participant Longevity With Plan Design and Advice
Robert Scheinerman, president, AIG Retirement Services, says smart retirement plan design, access to advisers and passage of pending legislation can help Americans have enough money for a 40-year retirement. Read more >
DOL Opinion Letter on Gig Workers Puts Retirement Savings Onus on Them
Experts say gig workers have little access to workplace retirement savings plans and the opinion letter will only discourage employers from offering them such plans, but they do have other options that advisers can educate them about. Read more >
Parents and Kids Both Influence the Flow of ‘Modern Money’
Shifting attitudes about supporting adult children financially have helped reshape Americans’ thinking about wealth and retirement readiness, according to Ameriprise Financial survey data. Read more >
MOST POPULAR STORIES
‘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.

House Ways and Means Committee Passes SECURE Act 2.0

The markup hearing, punctuated by a unanimous vote to advance the legislation, demonstrated that retirement security issues are capable of bringing together members of Congress who don’t agree on much else.

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.
Ascensus Unveils AI-Driven Personalized Financial Wellness

The new offering is available through a partnership with Financial Finesse.

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